News Story

 

Tobacco Decoy Sting Operation
6/8/2017 1:00:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Tobacco Decoy Sting Operation

Report Number:

N/A

Location:

Various Retail Locations - City of Thousand Oaks

Date & Time:

June 8, 2017

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Department's Directed Enforcement Unit and Ventura County Public Health

 

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Age

None

 

 

Narrative:

On June 8, 2017, members of the Thousand Oaks Police Department's Directed Enforcement Unit and Ventura County Public Health conducted tobacco stings, using young adults 18 years of age as decoys. The decoys attempted to purchase tobacco products at retail establishments in the City of Thousand Oaks.  The goal of these operations is to limit underage access to tobacco products and confirm that the local businesses are operating within the law.

Beginning June 9, 2016, a new law signed by Governor Jerry Brown, went into effect raising the minimum age of sale for tobacco products from 18 to 21, except for active duty military personnel in the U.S. Armed Forces. Electronic smoking devices are included in the definition of tobacco products.

The 18 year-old decoys attempted to make purchases of tobacco products at 20 locations throughout the City of Thousand Oaks. None of the cashiers sold a tobacco product to the underage decoy.

In an ongoing effort to prevent access to tobacco products by those under the age of 21, members of the Directed Enforcement Unit and Ventura County Public Health will continue to conduct periodic sting operations dealing with tobacco to confirm retailers in the area are doing their part to prevent underage access to tobacco products.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department and Ventura County Public Health would like to thank all of the establishments for not selling tobacco products to the underage decoys.

 

 

 

Prepared by:

Sergeant Glenn Axelrod

 

Media Release Date:

June 8, 2017

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Glenn Axelrod

glenn.axelrol@ventura.org

805-371-8338

 

 

Approved by:

Captain Don Aguilar