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Captain Tim Pillack
Investigations Division Commander
Waterloo Police Department
715 Mulberry Street
Waterloo, Iowa 50703
|Waterloo Police Issue Citations Following the Second Phase of Tobacco Compliance Checks|
|Wednesday, 08 April 2009 09:25|
During the months of February and March 2009 Waterloo Police officers conducted the second phase of tobacco compliance checks of Waterloo businesses that hold tobacco sales permits. Eighty-seven compliance checks were performed and of those, ten individuals were cited for selling tobacco products to an under age person. This translates to an 88% compliance rating.
Those persons cited for selling tobacco to a minor and the businesses where the violation occurred are as follows:
Travis Hansen, age 22, Prime Mart 1008 LaPorte Road.
The fine for this violation, a simple misdemeanor, is $100 for the first offense, $250 for the second offense and $500 for the third offense. The business is also subject to a civil penalty.
During both phases of these checks, the first of which took place from November 2008 through the first part of February 2009, a total of one hundred and ninety-four businesses were checked, with sixteen clerks cited for selling. The net result is a 92% compliance rating. The statewide compliance rating average reported last year was also 92%.
The Waterloo Police Department participates in the "Iowa Pledge Tobacco Enforcement Project," which is administered by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division. Officers will continue to check for violations based on a complaint basis until the next phase of checks occurs later this year.
Captain John Beckman