ST. CHARLES – Smokin Ace has been charged with selling tobacco/alternative nicotine product to a minor during an undercover police operation last month.
The licensee is required to pay a $500 fine and $500 in court costs. St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina took the action in his capacity as the city's liquor control commissioner. The St. Charles Liquor Control Commission held a hearing on the matter on Nov. 18.
“Problems with young people vaping have become more prevalent,” Rogina said in a news release from the city of St. Charles. “I have a low tolerance for this type of violation. It is clearly within my authority to address future violations with a license suspension or revocation.”
At approximately 3 p.m. Oct. 30, a clerk at Smokin Ace sold a Stig, a single-use vape product that contains nicotine, to an underage male agent that was part of a police department sting operation. The clerk, Mohammed O. Farooqui, apologized afterwards and said he thought the agent looked like an adult, according to a police report.
Farooqui was charged with selling tobacco to a minor. Smokin Ace is located at 210 W. Main St. in downtown St. Charles.