#schoolsafety | School safety agent accused of selling counterfeit JUUL products

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — An off-duty NYPD school safety agent was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly selling multiple counterfeit JUUL products.

Ronald Pappalardo, 49, who was arrested just after 6 a.m., has been suspended without pay, according to an NYPD spokeswoman.

An NYPD investigation revealed that Pappalardo sold the counterfeit vaping products between July 1, 2019 and Oct. 15, 2019, the criminal complaint alleges.

A search warrant signed by Judge Jonathan Svetkey for Pappalardo’s Midland Beach home on the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue uncovered a quantity of counterfeit trademarks affixed to JUUL and Logic vaping devices and pods, according to the complaint.

Police determined that the trademarks affixed to the outer packaging were counterfeit because they were inconsistent with the product’s authentic packaging. The serial numbers on the products are also allegedly counterfeit, authorities said.

A Department of Education spokeswoman referred details regarding Pappalardo’s most recent employment to the NYPD, since Pappalardo is employed by the department.

An NYPD spokeswoman did not have information regarding where Pappalardo was most recently stationed.

Pappalardo faces a misdemeanor offense of third-degree trademark counterfeiting.

Pappalardo’s lawyer did not return a phone call requesting comment.

His next court date is set for Dec. 18, online court records indicate.

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