Local Shop Raided Over Selling Illegal Vapes, Now Under Investigation

Nearly 700 pieces of vape-related products were confiscated from a Lakehurst Borough business as part of an investigation spearheaded by the Ocean County Department of Consumer Affairs, said Joseph H. Vicari, Director of the Ocean County Board of Commissioners.

Vicari said the department received a complaint in late July that the business, Lakehurst Lucky 7 at 408 Route 70, was selling flavored tobacco vape products.

An on-scene investigation conducted by the Division of Weights and Measures resulted in 698 pieces of illegal vape products being seized at the location, said Ronald Heinzman, Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs.

The sale of flavored tobacco products is illegal in New Jersey.

“I want to compliment Director Heinzman and the entire department for its efforts to protect our residents, and especially our children,” Vicari said. “I can assure anyone that tries to sell illegal products in our county that the Department of Consumer affairs will remain vigilant and will prosecute the offenders to the full extent of the law.”

Weights and Measures Superintendent Richard Aubin and Assistant Superintendent Brian Decasse led the investigation, Heinzman said.
Laura Comer, Esq., Prosecutor for the Ocean County Department of Consumer Affairs will be handling the case for the County.

Heinzman also thanked Lakehurst Borough Police Chief Matthew Kline and his Officers for their assistance in the investigation.

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