GREENWICH, Conn. -- The owner of the Clouds Vapors & Lounge at 39 N. Water St. in Greenwich is facing nine drug-related charges after police executed search warrants at his business late Monday afternoon.
Miguel A. Rivera, 32, of 25 Hawthorne St., Greenwich, was arrested following a lengthy investigation that he was selling liquid THC from his business, police said. Liquid THC is a potent form of marijuana, police said.
During the search and with the help of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency agents and the Stamford Police K-9 unit, vials of liquid THC that were packaged and ready to sell were discovered in the business along with other variations of marijuana, packaging material, drug paraphernalia and a small amount of cocaine, police said.
Just a couple of hours before police swept in, the business on its Facebook page offered 15 percent off for all e-liquids from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
During the investigation, one of the patrons inside the business at the time officers arrived, Adrianna Chramesa, of Garwood, N.J., had marijuana and drug paraphernalia in her possession, police said. She was issued infractions for possession of those items and released at the scene.
Rivera was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a daycare, possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of marijuana with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a daycare, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a drug factory and operating a drug factory (second offense).
He posted $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on June 15.
In a post on its Facebook page, Greenwich Police said the liquid THC "doesn't look like old school nickel bags of weed." In the post, police said the vials have slick, professional packaging and can be easily overlooked by a parent. The THC candies and the synthetic marijuana can easily be hidden in plain sight, police said.