VACAVILLE — Six clerks at various stores were arrested and cited Friday on suspicion of selling tobacco to minors – a marked increase of sales to minors over previous sting operations, Vacaville police said.
The sting operation resulted in the arrest of Taylor Fields, 19, Parampreet Singh, 29, Rajinder Kumar, 37, Rubyan Rodriguez-Velasquez, 22, Alberta Friedline, 61, and Kenisha Smith, 24, police said.
Officers from the Vacaville Police Department’s Youth Services Section conducted the enforcement operation to combat sales of tobacco products to minors. Officers worked with juvenile decoys who, under the direct supervision of police, tried to buy tobacco from businesses throughout the city.
Purchases were attempted at convenience stores, grocery stores and liquor stores.
Officers during the available time were able to get to 28 businesses on their list of those that sell tobacco. During those visits, the six clerks allegedly sold tobacco products to the minor decoys, police said.
Decoys displayed an ID showing that they were not yet 18 years old, but the clerks allegedly sold the product to them anyway, police said. All clerks were arrested and released on a notice to appear for the misdemeanor offense.
More stings will be conducted to encourage compliance with laws governing the sale of tobacco products, police said.
Money for this operation and the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs efforts of the Vacaville Police Department’s Youth Services Section are made possible through grants from the Solano County Board of Supervisors and the Reducing Rates Coalition, police said.
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