A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with selling drugs to Mountain View students.
On May 19, Mountain View detectives began to investigate reports that middle school students were in contact with man who was selling them cannabis that they would subsequently smoke using vape pens.
A vape pen is an electronic device that simulates smoking. It consists of a power source such as a battery, and a container such as a cartridge or tank. Instead of inhaling smoke, the user inhalesvapor.
According to El Camino Health, vaping produces an aerosol, which contains harmful chemicals and particles that go deep into the lungs. Some of these aerosol ingredients include nicotine, cancer-causing agents and hard metals like nickel and lead.
Detectives were able to successfully identify the seller – who was primarily connecting with students over social media channels – and were able to execute a search warrant at the suspect’s residence on June 17.
The suspect, identified as San Jose resident Michael Angelo Fazio, was arrested on suspicion of possession and sale of cannabis products to minors under the age of 14 years. During a search of Fazio’s home, detectives also found a ghost gun, a short-barreled shot gun, which is illegal in California, and nearly two thousand dollars in cash.
Additional follow-up will be conducted in the coming weeks on this case.
“I am incredibly proud of the hard work that our Crime Suppression Unit undertook to stop this suspect from harming Mountain View children,” said Captain Saul Jaeger. “This is why we do what we do – we swore to protect and serve this community. That is exactly what this team did and continues to do every day.”
At this time, because this case remains under investigation, no additional information will be released. Should more information become available, we will inform our community immediately.
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