TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — Police have charged the owner of a Taunton vape shop and four of its employees, alleging they sold marijuana and marijuana products to minors at the business.
During a weeks-long investigation, several high school-aged students were seen going in and out of Kloudy Visionz, according to police. They said many of the store’s customers did not go to the cash register but rather went off to the side of the store and came out with products in hand.
Taunton police executed a search warrant at the store on Friday and said detectives found approximately 12 ounces of marijuana, marijuana edibles, cartridges of vape liquid containing THC, and $5,000 cash.
As a result, four employees were arrested on charges of intent to distribute a Class D drug (marijuana and THC-based products) and conspiracy: Victor Burgos, 22, Juan Padua, 27, and Alexander Lucia, 22, all of Taunton, and Kody Braese, 23, of Dighton.
Police said the owner of Kloudy Visionz, Jason Correia, 25, was not at the store when the search was conducted. He was issued a summons to appear in court on the same charges.
“While marijuana is now legal in Massachusetts, the legal purchase age is 21 and it must be purchased from a store that is licensed to sell it. What these men were doing was just wrong, especially selling it to children,” Taunton Police Chief Edward Walsh said.
Padua also faces an additional charge of possession with intent to distribute a Class B drug (cocaine), according to police.
Police said the store has only been open for about a year. They also noted that its license to sell tobacco and nicotine products expired in 2018 and had not been renewed for 2019.