Underage decoy sting nabs Dinuba man for illegally selling pot vapes to minors – Fresno Bee

A Dinuba man has been arrested and faces charges of selling marijuana vape pods to children.

Fresno County sheriff’s detectives said Ruben Dominguez, 23, was arrested Monday after a sting operation in which an underage decoy customer allegedly purchased flavored THC pods from him.

The arrest concluded a three-month investigation in which detectives determined that Dominguez was using social media sites to market vaping products to minors. The THC products are marketed under the brand name STIIIZY.

Dominguez was booked into Fresno County Jail for two felony counts of selling cannabis to children under 18. The California Penal Code section indicates that the crime is punishable by a prison term of three to five years. Bail for Dominguez was $10,000 for each of the cannabis counts. He was also booked on a felony warrant for evading a police officer.

The investigation was advanced by a tobacco grant from the state Department of Justice. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office won a three-year grant of $552,000 to combat sales of cigarettes, vaping material and other tobacco products to minors.

In California, a person must be 21 or older to legally buy tobacco products; only licensed cannabis businesses are allowed to sell products containing THC, the active ingredient in marijuana that produces a high for users.

THC Vape Pods_1.jpg Cannabis vape pods under the band name Stillzy were seized by Fresno County sheriff’s detectives. Fresno County Sheriff’s Office
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