Sources close to the Moorpark Police Department has confirmed that the Special Enforcement Detail recently conducted a tobacco compliance check.
The Moorpark PD said the purpose of the compliance check was to ensure that retailers were not selling tobacco products to minors under the age of 18. In a previous study, twenty one businesses were investigated, they said, and it was learned that nine of those were not adhering to the law.
The checks were done by using minor decoys, they said, who were asked to attempt to purchase tobacco from local businesses. The minors attempted to make buys at 18 retailers, including stores that were not compliant during the last operation.
Officers said the cashiers at each location turned the minors away. A spokesperson for the department credits this to a strong partnership between the MPD, the Ventura County Public Health and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
Ventura Edhat reports that Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000 reward for tips about retailers who are committing this crime; the reward will be paid if a suspect is arrested and a criminal complaint is filed.