LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - An effort to crack down on illegal tobacco sales ends with 12 people being ticketed.
During the undercover stings, underage teens along with Longview police visited more than 100 stores and attempted to purchase tobacco products.
"The point of these stings is to reinforce to the retailers that there is a law to prohibit selling tobacco to minors, and we are going to be making periodic checks to make sure that they're not selling tobacco to minors," said Kevin Brownlee, with the Longview PD.
Police say the locations that sold the tobacco products were:
1. Food Fast #22, 1101 McCann Road 2. OXXO, 301 S. Mobberly Avenue 3. Food Fast #24, 2851 N. Eastman Road 4. Zippy J's No. 5, 2001 N. Eastman Road 5. La Michoacana Meat Market #20, 1419 S. Green Street 6. Cowboys Quick Stop #10, 3601Gilmer Road 7. Brookshire Food Store #45, 3354 Gilmer Road 8. Murphy USA # 7086, 2430 Gilmer Road 9. Mr. C's, 2578 Alpine Road 10. Food Fast #25, 2300 Gilmer Road 11. Smart Stop, 1721 E. State Hwy 31 12. Lone Star, 2401 H.G Moseley Parkway
Citations were issued to the clerk at each location that sold tobacco to the undercover minor and the clerk will have to appear at the Longview Municipal Court to resolve the citation.
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