Crime

12 SLO County stores cited for selling tobacco to minors

Twelve stores were caught selling tobacco to minors in a compliance sting run by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

Using underage decoys, the Sheriff’s Office targeted businesses in unincorporated areas of the county.

The following stores were cited:

  • Kachi Tobacco on the 500 block of Tefft Street in Nipomo;
  • La Placita Market on the 500 block of Orchard Avenue in Nipomo;
  • Los Berros Market on the 2000 block of Los Berros Road in Arroyo Grande;
  • Los Osos Liquor on the 2000 block of 10th Street in Los Osos;
  • Margarita Plaza Liquor on the 22000 block of El Camino Real in Santa Margarita;
  • Santa Margarita Mercantile on the 22000 block of G Street in Santa Margarita;
  • Shandon Market on the 200 block of East Centre Street in Shandon;
  • A-1 Liquors on the 100 block of South Main Street in Templeton;
  • Cambria Chevron on the 2100 block of Main Street in Cambria;
  • Old Cambria Marketplace on the 500 block of Main Street in Cambria;
  • Central Market on the 2000 block of Cienega Street in Oceano; and
  • Mission Market and Deli on the 1400 block of Mission Street in San Miguel.

Selling tobacco to a minor is a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine for a first offense and possible suspension of the retailer’s ability to sell tobacco.

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