2 nabbed in tobacco police sting

GLOVERSVILLE — Tobacco was illegally sold to an underage agent at two city businesses last week during an underage tobacco enforcement detail operation conducted by city police. The cashiers who completed the tobacco sales were each charged with violations.

According to a press release, city police on Friday participated in an underage tobacco enforcement detail to verify compliance at local businesses with state public health laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco to anyone younger than 21 years of age.

An underage agent with the detail attempted to purchase tobacco at nine city businesses during the course of the operation. Illegal tobacco sales to the minor were completed at two city businesses; Frank’s West End Market at 261 W. Fulton St. and Dollar General at 372 N. Main St.

Each of the cashiers who sold tobacco to the underage agent were issued appearance tickets for violation level offenses of state public health law. Both individuals are scheduled to appear in City Court in October.

Other businesses visited as part of the police detail where tobacco was not sold to the underage agent were Country Farms, Cobble Pond Farms, Cumberland Farms, Jan’s Deli & Convenience, Jimmy’s Deli, Mud Deli and 5 Star Smoke Shop.

City police regularly participate in underage tobacco enforcement details to verify compliance with state public health law at businesses licensed to sell tobacco. Friday’s operation was made possible by support from the HFM Prevention Council and the Glove City Coalition.


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