Three businesses sold tobacco products to a minor; 21 did not.
Frederick, Md (KM) The Frederick Police Department conducted tobacco compliance checks on Wednesday, January 24th, targeting 24 businesses in the city. Officers used underage volunteers who entered the establishments and attempted to buy cigarettes.
Authorities say 21 businesses refused to sell tobacco products to the youths without some form of identification. They are:
Plus Mart-1202 E. Patrick St
Sheetz- 1300 E. Patrick St
Joey’s Express – 430 E. Patrick St
7-Eleven- 501 N. East St
East Street Liberty- 1301 N. East St
Eastside Liquors- 509 N. East St
Sunshine Liquors – 701 Motter Ave
GetGo- 1391 W. 7th St
Giant Eagle – 1305 W. 7th St
7-Eleven – 204 Amber Dr.
Giant Eagle – 1275 W. Patrick St
Hop & Vine – 14 N. Market St
Snack Shack – 406 N. Market St
BP/A-1 Mart- 300 S. Jefferson St
7-Eleven – 313 S. Jefferson St
MTM Convenience Store- 342 S. Jefferson St
Jefferson St Exxon – 400 S. Jefferson St
Sunrise Liquors – 407 S. Jefferson St
Festival Liquors – 446 Prospect Blvd.
Weis Market – 448 Prospect Blvd
A-1 Mart – 649 Himes Ave
The Frederick Police Department says it thanks these establishments for not selling cigarettes adn other tobacco products to minors.
But there three stores did sell cigarettes to the underage volunteers:
Jefferson Street Service Station – 242 S. Jefferson St.
Safeway – 927 W. 7th St.
BP Tollhouse – 503 W. 7th St.
Police say they will be issued citations.
Authorities say merchant training is available for retailers to help them comply with the laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to minors.
The operation was funded by a grant from the SYNAR Fund which is administered by the Frederick County Health Department’s Substance Abuse Prevention Services.
By Kevin McManus