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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Tuesday November 22nd, 2022 :: 08:00 p.m. PST


News Story - Camarillo Tobacco Products Retailer Compliance Check

Nature of Incident: Camarillo Tobacco Products Retailer Compliance Check
Report Number:  
Location: Camarillo, Ca
Date & Time: November 21, 2022
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Community Resources Unit
On November 21, 2022, the Camarillo Police Department Community Resources Unit conducted a multi-location tobacco products compliance check in the city of Camarillo. Compliance checks were conducted at nineteen different locations in the city of Camarillo. The businesses were tested using a decoy under the age of 21, supervised by undercover deputies, to determine whether retailers would sell tobacco products to the decoy without checking for identification. The compliance checks were in response to complaints received by concerned parents in addition to the on-going efforts to educate retailers on the risks of selling to underage people.
Three of the nineteen locations did not request identification and sold tobacco products to the underage decoy. The clerks who made the sale were cited for Penal Code 308(a)(1)(a)(i) – Sale of Tobacco products to underage person. Those locations were:
Springville Market at 634 Camino Tierra Santa, Suite #102.
76 Gas Station at 100 South Las Posas Road.
Old Town Cigars at 2173 Ventura Blvd.
Tobacco and nicotine related addictions are a prevalent and a serious problem with the youth in our community today. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and the Camarillo Police Department are committed to the health and wellbeing of the youth in our community and will continue to proactively enforce laws prohibiting the sale of these products to people under the age of 21. If you have information about a local retailer in the city that is supplying nicotine or tobacco products to underage buyers, please report it to the Camarillo Police Community Resources Unit at 805-388-5155.
Prepared by: Deputy Gerardo Lemus  
News Release Date: November 22, 2022  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy Chris Dyer 805-388-1397  
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Shane Matthews
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Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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