Union County vape shop closed after search warrant served for selling illegal drugs to minors

Smoke Haven Smoke Shop in Lake Butler was served a search warrant after undercover officers confirmed the sale of illegal drugs.

UNION COUNTY, Fla. — A Lake Butler vape shop was busted on Thur., Oct. 6 after the Union County Sheriff’s Office received information that the business was selling illegal drugs to kids.


“Our agency started an immediate investigation by sending undercover law enforcement in to confirm the sale of illegal narcotics,” the sheriff’s office said.

At around 10:30 a.m. deputies served a search warrant at Smoke Haven Smoke Shop on 50 E. Main St. According to the sheriff’s office, law enforcement found evidence of illegal drugs packaged and ready to be sold. This included illegal cannabis vape oils. The drugs seized included a mixture of marijuana/hemp with high levels of THC oil.

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The sheriff’s office also said that Jay Rami, 19, Gainesville, admitted to selling drugs from out of the shop to numerous minors.

Jay Rami, 19, was arrested for selling drugs to minors out of a vape shop in Union County.

Rami has been charged with the following:

  • 1 count of felony marijuana sell
  • 1 count of felony marijuana possession with intent to distribute
  • 1 count of felony sale of synthetic cannabinoids

The Union County Sheriff’s Office thanked the community that informed it of the illegal drug sales and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office drug task force unit for assisting it in the execution of the search warrant.

“We are currently working closely with the City of Lake Butler to revoke their business/occupational license for running illegal activities,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

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Sheriff Brad Whitehead also said, “This type of behavior, selling illegal drugs to our children, WILL NOT be tolerated in Union County.”

At around the same time that the Union County vape shop was searched, Bradford County deputies served a search warrant on another related vape shop in Starke, Florida.

Narcotics seized from the vape shop included a mixture of marijuana/hemp with high levels of THC oil.

This is an ongoing investigation and more arrests and/or charges are possible.

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