Cheshire gas station clerk faces drug charges 

Cheshire gas station clerk faces drug charges 

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CHESHIRE — A 30-year-old gas station clerk who police charged with selling vape cartridges containing marijuana to teens is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday. 

Police arrested Ayad A. Nahshal, 30, of Woodridge Drive, on Aug. 21, and charged him with two counts of illegally selling of a controlled substance.

Police said on Aug. 2 and 8, Nahshal, who had been working as a sales clerk at the Cheshire Gulf Gas Station, at 197 Main St., was the target of two controlled purchases of dab cartridges, which contained marijuana-derived oils, which are smoked with vape pens. 

Police detectives began the investigation after receiving complaints from town residents that a clerk was selling the marijuana cartridges to teens.

Police described “dab” as a “yellowish/brown sticky cannabis-derived substance commonly referred to as ‘butane honey oil.’” A “dab”, according to police, is typically highly concentrated with THC — the chemical compound found in marijuana. It is smoked using a vape pen.

Police allege that on both occasions Nashal handed the dab cartridges to an informant working with police in exchange for cash.

Nahshal was released on $60 cash bond.