On June 20, 2016 the Stratford Police Department and staff members of the State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program (TPEP), conducted anannounced compliance inspections of establishments that sell tobacco products. The inspections were performed in an effort to determine compliance with state laws concerning the prohibition of the sale of cigarettes and/or tobacco products to youth under the age of eighteen.
Under the direction and supervision of DMHAS investigators, an underage youth employed by the Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program, entered the establishments and attempted to purchase tobacco products. A total of nineteen (19) unannounced compliance inspections were conducted.
Of this total, three establishments were found to be in violation of the General Statutes of Connecticut, Sec. 53-344(b), Sale of Tobacco to Minors under Eighteen. The offending clerks at these establishments were issued and infraction in the amount of $200.00. The Cigarette Dealer License holder at each establishment also faces additional administrative sanctions from the Department of Revenue Services the state agency that issues Cigarette Dealer Licenses.
The establishments found to be in violation are as follows:
Barnum Ave C-Store, 1607 Barnum Ave.
Boston Ave Mart, 265 Boston Ave.
Walgreens, 1601 Barnum Ave.
It should also be noted that the following businesses were found IN COMPLIANCE with the law:
Citgo, 2930 Main St. S&R Sales LLC, 3634 Main St. Windsor Package Store, 3700 Main St 7 Eleven, 3621 Main St EZ Stop 3355 Main St Cigar Junction, 1030 Barnum Ave
Barnum Wine & Spirits 1340 Barnum Ave Checker Food & Deli 1796 Barnum Ave Dolly's Deli& Convenience 6 Boston Ave
Citgo Quick Mart, 2000 Barnum Ave S&S Wine and Liquor Warehouse 40 Boston Ave Family Dollar 310 Boston Ave Lucky Discount Liquors 330 Boston Ave Barnum Ave Hess, 1975 Barnum Ave
Honeyspot Motor Lodge 360 Honeyspot Rd Friendly Service Station#37, 440 Lordship Blvd
(Stratford Police Press Release)
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