Easton vape shop cashier cited for underage sales

A cashier at the above pictured Tobacco & Gifts shop in Easton was criminally cited for selling vaping products to customers under Maryland’s legal purchasing age of 21.

EASTON — A 19-year-old cashier at Tobacco & Gifts in Easton was criminally cited for selling vape pens to a decoy posing as an underage customer as part of a Talbot County Sheriff’s Office investigation.

The sheriff’s office sent the underage buyer into the store after a “concerned parent” reported that her child, not yet old enough to legally buy tobacco products, had been purchasing vaping goods there.

The cashier, identified as Waseem Amin-Hizam Al-Qasri, sold the vape pens to the decoy twice without asking for identification to confirm the customer was of the 21-year-old legal buying age, as is required under Maryland law.

The investigation uncovered that middle-school-age kids were frequently illegally buying such items from Al-Qasri at the Tobacco & Gifts shop.

Al-Qasri was issued criminal citations for each infraction and was released on his signature, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

The Talbot County Health Department and the State of Maryland Comptroller’s Office assisted the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division in its investigation.

The sheriff’s office is requesting anyone who has information related to this case to contact investigators at 410-822-1020.

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