The Giles County Sheriff's Department conducted an investigation into the underage sale of Alcohol, and "vape pens."


The Giles County Sheriff's Department released the following statement regarding the investigation:

"The Giles County Sheriff’s Department has received numerous complaints from concerned citizens of our community regarding the sale of alcohol and “vape pens” to underage minors.

Investigators Michael Thomason and Josh Bass led an investigation that resulted in criminal charges against what is believed to be the two main locations involved.

The following individuals of Shell Gas Station located at 715 North 1st St, Pulaski, TN were cited for the Sale of Alcohol to Underage Minors:

Adel Basta, Owner, 50 of Pulaski, TN
Jonathan Daniel Pellegrin, 26 of Pulaski, TN (Two Counts)
Brenda Johnson, 64 of Pulaski, TN

Kirktinkumar Patel, 24 of Pulaski, TN, owner of Exxon located at Exit 14, Frankewing, was also cited for the Sale of Alcohol to Underage Minors after receiving a warning for the same offense in the weeks prior from Deputies.

Investigators also advise these stores were also involved with the sale of vape pens without proper identification.

All parties charged await arraignment at the Giles County General Sessions court on December 1, 2020.

Sheriff Kyle Helton would like to express his strong concerns about businesses in our community that are engaged in this activity, advising his Investigators to continue pressing the fight against the sale of these items to minors. "After receiving multiple complaints from concerned parents of our community regarding this issue, I want to make sure that store owners know we are aware of this activity and our office will do all we can to protect the future of our youth.” -Sheriff Helton

If you have any further information regarding sales of alcoholic beverages, tobacco or anything of the nature please contact Investigators Michael Thomason or Josh Bass at the Giles County Sheriff’s Department. (931) 363-3505."