PLEASANTON -- Police announced a clean bill of health for 33 city businesses that refused to sell cigarettes to underaged decoys last week.

On April 5, officers from the Pleasanton Police Department, dressed in street clothes, conducted a decoy operation targeting businesses that sell tobacco to make sure employees and owners did not sell to people under the age of 18.

Along with underage decoys, police officers visited 38 locations -- five of which were not open. The other 33 businesses, however, all complied with state law and refused to sell tobacco to the decoys.

California law prohibits the sale of cigarettes to minors, and violators are subject to fines starting at $200. While visiting each business, officers also inspected the location to make sure business owners were in compliance with mandatory sign postings about the prohibition of tobacco sales to persons under 18 years old.

Officers also checked each business to make sure they had a valid Tobacco Retail License.

Contact Katie Nelson at 925-945-4782 or follow her at Twitter.com/katienelson210.



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