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Byram vape shop raided — again

February 1, 2019

GREENWICH —For the second time, police have raided Clouds Vapors and Lounge in Byram and seized a quantity of liquid THC, the potent chemical in marijuana.

Police said a search warrant was served on the lounge on 39 North Water Street Thursday evening, after a number of undercover buys were carried out there in past months.

“The warrants were the result of a several month investigation of information received by police that controlled substances were being sold at the store. Multiple controlled purchases of THC materials were conducted at the location,” the police narrative read, “Based on the established probable cause, investigators obtained the search warrant for the establishment and arrest warrants for the business operators.”

Miguel Rivera, 34, of South Hawthorne Street, Greenwich, was charged with two counts of sale of a controlled substance and sale of a controlled substance near a school. In June of 2016, Rivera was charged with selling THC, in the form of vials and candy, from the Byram vape shop. Those charges are pending in Superior Court.

Also charged in the raid this week was Christiana M. Los, 32, of South Hawthorne Street South, Greenwich. She was cited with the same criminal counts as Rivera.

According to the statement from Police Capt. Robert Berry, “The search of the premises at 39 North Water Street revealed significant amounts of controlled substances and items not legal to sell without proper licensure. The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be forthcoming.”

The police department is advising the public to stay informed on the abuse of THC and e-cigarettes.

“The Department continues to partner with other stakeholders to address the issue of drugs impacting our community. One of the recent concerning trends is the proliferation of so-called gateway drugs, such as THC, within vaping and e-cigarette use among children. Oftentimes illegal distributors will illicitly add THC and/or other substances to products from manufacturers which may be difficult to detect. We have found these types of items within the schools in Greenwich,” the police captain’s statement read.

Both suspects were released after posting a $250,000 bond each. They were assigned a court date of Feb. 15.