SLO County tobacco sting nets six stores selling to minors

August 2, 2013

071210tobacco.1278953149A San Luis Obispo County law enforcement sting in July caught six stores selling tobacco to minors.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and Health Agency conducted a sweep of 54 stores in the unincorporated areas of the county, which ended July 31. The agencies used two local teens under the age of 18, who attempted to purchase tobacco in the communities of San Miguel, Santa Margarita, Cambria, Cayucos, Los Osos, Avila Beach, Oceano and Nipomo.

Five of the store clerks who sold tobacco to the undercover minors improperly examined the identification that the teens presented. Only one store clerk did not ask for any identification.

The six stores that sold tobacco to the minors were Mesa View Market in Arroyo Grande, Avila Mercantile and Grocery in Avila Beach, Mission Market and Deli in Los Osos, Margarita Mercantile in Santa Margarita and Santa Margarita KOA in Santa Margarita.

Avila Mercantile and Grocery received its third illegal tobacco sales violation in the last three months.

The previous San Luis Obispo County tobacco sting caught just three stores selling tobacco to minors.




  1. Rambunctious says:

    It sounds like most of the violations are due to a lack of mathematical skills…nice work public schools. lol

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  2. SLOBIRD says:

    I am surprised anyone would buy cigarettes in the open market anyway! New York has taxed them to the max and now they have the biggest black market of any of the states. It is estimated that California alone loses around $200 million a year on this excise tax. Who are the winners, Russia, China, Vietnam and Korea and the gangs controlling this market.

    (6) 12 Total Votes - 9 up - 3 down
  3. tomsquawk says:

    aren’t ther bigger fish to fry?

    (11) 23 Total Votes - 17 up - 6 down

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