Cops search Washington St. smoke shops, arrest workers

SoNo Exotic Smoke+Vape+Hookah Shop
SoNo Exotic Smoke+Vape+Hookah Shop

Norwalk Police said Monday officers executed search and seizure warrants at two Washington Street smoke shops Friday evening, resulting in an employee being arrested at each location and the seizure of alleged drug contraband.

Members of the department’s Special Services Division searched Sono One Shop, 83 Washington St., and Exotic Smoke Shop, 68A Washington St., in response to numerous complaints of vape/tobacco sales to minors, and illegal sales of marijuana and items containing high levels of THC, according to a news release from Public Information Office Sgt. Ryan Evarts.

THC is Tetrahydrocannabinol, the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis, also called hemp, according to Wikipedia.

After allegedly finding gummies, pre-rolls, and vape cartridges/pens containing THC or marijuana, as well as cannabis flower packages, at Sono One Stop, officers arrested employee Evary L. Zorrilla Jr., 24, of 94 Washington St., Norwalk.

Zorrilla was charged with consumer protection violations of illegal sale or manufacture of cannabis, and possession of more than 1.5 ounces, but less than 5 ounces, of cannabis.

Zorrilla was released on these charges on a promise to appear in court.

Zorrilla also was found to have two outstanding warrants for illegal sale of tobacco to minors, with combined bonds of $1,050.

Zorrilla was scheduled to appear in court June 21.

Officers allegedly found THC-containing gummies and vape products, marijuana pouches, pre-rolled joints, and packaging material in the register area and backroom at the Exotic Smoke Shop, resulting in the arrest of employee Barsha Sapkota, 25, of 11 Bridge St., Norwalk.

Sapkota was charged with consumer protection violations of possession of more than 1.5 ounces, but less than 5 ounces, of cannabis, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and illegal sale of one kilogram or more of cannabis.

Sapkota was held on $1,500 bond and scheduled to appear in court June 21.


5 responses to “Cops search Washington St. smoke shops, arrest workers”

  1. Adam Blank

    No more smoke shops. Let’s prohibit them in Norwalk. They add nothing of value to the community.

  2. Tysen Canevari

    @ Adam neither do all of the apartments they keep building!

  3. Bryan Meek

    Come on Adam, didn’t you hear the council on this. We’re going to make so much money off these shops. We’re bleeding edge. Wilton/Westport/New Canaan are missing out. Ask Josh.

  4. Vernon Howard

    I’ve lived on Washington Street for 11 years, and it’s disheartening to see so many storefronts remaining vacant for such long periods of time. I’m not sure if it’s due to high rent, insufficient parking, or simply lack of interest in the area, but I believe that Norwalk should make an effort to support the establishment and growth of quality small businesses in the area.

    1. David Muccigrosso

      Been here for 6 years, and I hate to say you’re kidding yourself, my friend.

      Everyone’s always so obsessed with Wall Street, that Washington gets actively ignored. Every policy initiative that makes it past the NIMBYs is narrowmindedly-focused on reviving Wall Street, so they never match up to Washington’s needs.

      At this point, Washington Street is just a piggy bank of productivity that the city’s political machine uses to fund Boomers’ pet projects and keep their property taxes low.

      Did you know that Rowayton pays the lowest rate despite having all the money? What a nice deal for them.

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