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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Friday May 5th, 2023 :: 04:50 p.m. PDT


Minor Decoy Operation

Nature of Incident: Minor Decoy Operation
Location: City of Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: April 28, 2023
Unit(s) Responsible: Thousand Oaks Directed Enforcement Unit (DEU)
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) 1 adult female and 1 adult male
Deputies from the Thousand Oaks Directed Enforcement Unit (DEU) have cited two clerks for selling tobacco products to minors on April 28, 2023. The actions were the result of a Minor Decoy operation in which minors under the direct supervision of department deputies attempted to purchase tobacco products from eight licensed businesses in Thousand Oaks.
Two businesses, Wendy Gas and Chevron Extra Mile Newbury Park sold tobacco products to a minor decoy. The clerks were contacted by deputies and issued citations. Clerks who sold to a minor face a minimum fine of $200. In addition, the California Department of Public Health may take administrative action against the license of the business where tobacco was sold to a minor. That may include a fine, suspension, or the permanent revocation of the license.
A Minor Decoy operation involves a person under the age of 20 years old who enters establishments and attempts to purchase tobacco. The minor decoy appears young, provides identification when asked, and makes no attempts to mislead the seller. The decoy is supervised by peace officers during the entire process. 
Anyone who knows of establishments who sell tobacco products to minors can call the sheriff’s office at (805) 654-9511. People who call can remain anonymous.
Prepared by: Sergeant Jonathan James  
News Release Date: 5/5/2023  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sr. Deputy Jose Torres   
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Dean Cook
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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).

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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