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Illegal Products Discovered At Several Greenwich Smoke Shops: Police

GREENWICH, CT — The Greenwich Police Department, along with drug control agents from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, conducted unscheduled inspections at several Greenwich smoke shops on Dec. 29, and discovered illegal products, some with THC, listed for sale, police announced this week.

One business was closed as a result, according to police.

Authorities inspected Ignite Smoke Shop, 14 W. Putnam Ave.; Zyn's Stationary, 345 Greenwich Ave.; Byram Smoke Shop, 111 Mill St.; and State Line Stationary, 215 Mill St.

"Upon arrival at each of the aforementioned locations, investigators immediately identified products in plain view on the shelves that were known to be illicit and not legal for sale in CT," police said in a news release.

The owners were advised to remove the illicit products from the shelves and not sell them in the future.

At Zyn's, police said the store manager was told by investigators to post their Dealer of Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ECD) or Vapor Product in plain view.

The ECD at Ignite Smoke Shop expired in February 2023, police noted. The shop was also under investigation after police said they received citizen complaints claiming the shop was believed to be selling illegal substances to minors.

"Investigators advised the [Ignite Smoke Shop] manager, [Nasser] Salah, via telephone that he would not be able to sell any electronic vapor products without an active ECD," police said. "Salah was given the option to remove all the products in violation from the shelves or close the store until a valid permit was obtained. Salah instructed the clerk to close the store and to post a sign on the door stating they are closed."

Over at Byram Smoke Shop, the owner was advised to remove illicit products from the shelves and post their active ECD in plain view.

Zyn's, Byram Smoke Shop and State Line Stationary were all told to obtain a non-legend drug permit to continue selling over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol and Aleve.

Police noted that a ban on the sale of recreational cannabis was enacted by the Greenwich Planning and Zoning Commission in July 2021.

No arrests have been made in connection with the inspections, police said, but the investigation is continuing.



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