9 businesses pass compliance checks

Published 3:17 pm Wednesday, November 23, 2016

All nine establishments checked Tuesday by the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office for tobacco compliance passed their checks.

According to a news release, supervised decoys between the ages of 15 and 17 were directly monitored by Sheriff’s Office personnel for the checks.

State law requires law enforcement to conduct annual tobacco compliance checks on establishments that sell tobacco.

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Clerks selling tobacco to minors are issued a citation for the first violation, which carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Administrative penalties on the business can include a fine and repeated violations can result in a suspension of their license to sell tobacco, the press release stated.

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