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A Florida teen was hired by the Davie Police Department in Broward County Florida to help them catch a convenience store clerk they believed was selling e-cigarettes to kids, and contributing to the rise of underage vaping. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams have all called the rise in teen e-cigarette use an “epidemic”.

The Davie special investigations unit hired the unnamed teen as a confidential informant. The police officers provided the teen with $40 in cash “investigative funds” to purchase vape juice. The teen walked into the Food Stop in Davie, FL and purchased a pack of gum, a bottle of water, and an e-cigarette cartridge of Caesar Blue Razz Premium e-Juice Pods, containing 5% nicotine. The clerk, now identified as Mohammed Indorewala, of Pembroke Pines, FL, sold it to the undercover teen without asking him for identification. E-cigarette products, including vape pens and vape juice are age-restricted in the state of Florida, and in the majority of states across the U.S. According to the arrest warrant, “Mohammad was the only employee working and was positively identified by the CI (confidential informant) as the person who sold the nicotine cartridges.”

Officers arrested the clerk, Indorewala, 52, for selling vape cartridges to teenagers. The legal age to purchase vape juice cartridges in the state of Florida is 18. Detectives hired the informant and conducted the investigation after they received complaints from a neighborhood tipster.

The police consider the clerk, Mr. Indorewala, a repeat offender. He faces one misdemeanor charge for sale of tobacco product to minor.

The Davie police did not report whether or not they intended to continue working with teens, or the specific informant in this case, to make more arrests of those selling e-cigarettes to minors.

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