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Vape shop owner, 4 employees face drug charges in court

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TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — The owner of a Taunton vape shop and four of his employees appeared in court Monday to face allegations that they were selling marijuana products to minors.

During a weeks-long investigation, police said several high school-aged students were seen going in and out of Kloudy Visionz. Many of the store’s customers did not go to the cash register, according to police, but rather went off to the side of the store and came out with products in hand.

While executing a search warrant, police said detectives seized approximately 12 ounces of marijuana, marijuana edibles, cartridges of vape liquid containing THC, and $5,000 cash.

As a result, police arrested four employees 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.

Padua was also charged with intent to distribute a Class B drug (cocaine), according to police.

Braese, Burgos, and Lucia were released on personal recognizance following their court appearance Monday morning while Padua’s bail was set at $1,000.

The owner of Kloudy Visionz, Jason Correia, 25, was not at the store when the search was conducted but was issued a summons to appear in court on the same Class D drug and conspiracy charges. His bail was set at $2,500.

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.

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