Norwalk vape shop raid yields drugs, arrests

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NORWALK — In a coordinated operation, Norwalk Police and state officials raided a local vape shop on April 11, resulting in the seizure of illegal cannabis products and two arrests.

The Norwalk Police Special Services Division, in partnership with the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (Drug Control Division), carried out a search and seizure warrant at Smoke House 1, a vape shop located at 108 Connecticut Avenue.

The raid is part of a broader investigation targeting unlicensed smoke and vape shops suspected of selling marijuana illegally in Norwalk.

Authorities confirmed that Smoke House 1 does not hold a license to sell cannabis products exceeding Connecticut’s legal THC limit.

During the operation, police confiscated over 7 pounds of marijuana, several hundred products with THC levels above the state’s legal limit, and approximately $1,200 in cash.

Two New York residents were arrested in connection with the illicit activities at the shop.

Nusrat Shaika, 20, of the Bronx, and MD Shohidul Joy, 19, of Queens, face multiple charges including possession with intent to sell 1kg or more of cannabis, possession of cannabis greater than 1 kilo, possession of drug paraphernalia, and conspiracy to commit related drug offenses.

Both Shaika and Joy have been given a bond set at $50,000.

The suspects are scheduled to appear in court on April 26 in Stamford.

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