PLEASANTON -- Dozens of businesses were part of a decoy operation Friday afternoon in Pleasanton to see whether they were in compliance with state tobacco laws, police said.

During the operations, an underage decoy was sent into a store with a plain clothes officer to ensure that businesses were not selling items such as cigarettes to people under 18 years old, said Pleasanton Sgt. Maria Munayer.

Of the 44 businesses in the city that sell tobacco, 40 stores were found to be in compliance. The remaining four stores were not open for business during the checks. While visiting each store, officers also inspected the premises to ensure they were in compliance with mandatory posting of signs regarding the prohibition of tobacco sales to persons under 18 years of age. Officers also checked each business to make sure they had a valid Tobacco Retail License, Munayer added.

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