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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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Visduh April 15, 2013 @ 4:46 p.m.

Whenever the Vista sheriff's station does one of those things, it seems to always focus on Vista itself, and never anything farther afield. Keep in mind that the sheriff handles policing for the City of Vista, the City of San Marcos, the City of Encinitas, and all the unincorporated areas of the north county. Could it be possible that those other cities and the areas outside city limits also have stores that sell the evil weed to the underaged?


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