Julie Stalmer 8:30 a.m., May 1
Eight arrested in Vista minor decoy tobacco operations
The Community Oriented Policing & Problem Solving (COPPS) division out of the Vista Sheriff’s Station over the weekend conducted a minor decoy operation in which underage customers attempted to purchase tobacco products at a total of 73 retail stores throughout the city.
The operation resulted in violations at eight stores: the Vons on S. Santa Fe, Bottle Bin Liquor, Barnacles, a 7-Eleven on E. Vista Way, La Favorita Meat Market, an AM/PM on Sycamore Avenue, an Albertson’s on S. Melrose Drive, and Rodeo’s Meat Market.
Cashiers at all eight locations were formally arrested, booked, and released on site with a promise to appear in court.
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