Two Businesses Cited Following Tobacco Compliance Checks

An unannounced check at 12 places led to citations and fines for two businesses that were found selling cigarettes to minors, Berlin police said.

Credit: Jason Vallee.
Credit: Jason Vallee.
A joint effort between the Berlin Police Department and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has led to citations for two local businesses found selling tobacco products to minors.

Store clerks at the Berlin Turnpike Food Bag Citgo Quik Mart and Turnpike Food Mart were each cited with sale of tobacco to minors. The violating clerks, both receiving first violations, were issued a $200 fine.

The cigarette dealer license holder at each establishment also faces additional administrative sanctions from the Department of Revenue Services, the state agency that issues the cigarette dealer license.

“The inspections were performed in an effort to determine compliance with state laws concerning the prohibition of sale of cigarettes and/or tobacco products to youth under the age of eighteen,” said Deputy Chief John Klett.

A total of 12 unannounced compliance inspections were conducted in the Wednesday effort, Klett said. The inspection was done without notice in partnership with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program (TPEP).

The following businesses were found to be in compliance with the law:

  1. Mobil Mart,  21 Chamberlain Hwy, Berlin
  2. Food Bag # 556, 152 New Britain Rd., Berlin
  3. One Stop Food Store, 164 New Britain Rd., Berlin
  4. Walgreens, 980 Farmington Ave., Berlin
  5. Berlin Spirits, 118 Mill Street, Berlin
  6. Berlin Convenience & Deli, 831 Mill street, Berlin
  7. Valero, 301 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin
  8. Berlin Turnpike Shell, 1376 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin
  9. Shell, 1239 Farmington Ave., Berlin
  10. Food Bag Citgo Quik Mart #540, 1289 Farmington Ave., Berlin

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