WOONSOCKET – A police sting conducted around the city this week found a list of local stores illegally selling cigarettes to minors without conducting identification checks.
The compliance checks conducted Thursday involved teenagers working with city detectives entering local convenience stores and pharmacies and attempting to purchase a package of cigarettes without being checked for their IDs.
In one of the checks, a 17-year-old male entered the CT Plus Convenience Store on Hamlet Avenue just after 6 p.m. Thursday and purchased a pack of Newports for $8.10 without being asked for identification, police said. The clerk, Kenneth Gariepy, was cited for selling tobacco to a minor and given a summons to either pay a $250 fine or appear in court for a hearing.
A check at Cumberland Farms on South Main Street resulted in another sale that meted the clerk, Donald Marcheterre, a violation citation, police said.
At the A&S Variety Store at 710 Elm St., police issued a cigarette sales citation to Airnoy Sompaseth, police said.
An underage juvenile entering the Cass Avenue Food Mart at 562 Cass Ave., at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday was reported to have purchased cigarettes from a clerk, Suzanne Whyte, who did not ask for the teen’s age or request identification, police said. Whyte was given a citation and also informed she could pay the $250 fine or appear in District Court for a hearing on Aug. 16.
A 5:30 p.m. check at the CVS pharmacy on Cass Avenue resulted in a cigarette sales citation against clerk Germaine M. Vandal, and a check at the Walgreens store at 45 Cumberland St. also on Thursday resulted in a cigarette sales citation against Victor Thammavong, police said.
Capt. Kenneth Paulhus and Lt. Edward J. Doura Jr. conducted the cigarette sales to minors checks with the help of Det. Ronald LaBreche, Det. Adrien Robidoux, Patrolman Joseph P. Brazil, and Det. Sgt. John Scully.