NEWTOWN, CT – A trio of Newtown businesses failed undercover operations last week when they failed to correctly identify underage customers and ended up selling them tobacco products, Newtown police say .
Convenience of Newtown on Church Hill Road; Hawleyville Sunocco on Hawleyville Road; and Wheels Citgo on South Main Street have each been convicted of offenses by authorities.
The detail of last week’s sting, in which police send underage volunteers to establishments to make controlled purchases, was the second such operation carried out by Newtown Police this year.
Over the summer, four local businesses were charged with offenses after selling vaping products to minors, but Newtown police said all four were in compliance when they visited last week.
Newtown Police and members of the state’s tobacco control program are leading compliance operations with a grant from the Newtown Prevention Council.
“It is against Connecticut state law to sell or deliver tobacco or electronic cigarette products to persons under the age of 21,” Newtown Police wrote on Facebook (see below ). “According to the CDC, nicotine can be harmful to adolescent brains, which continue to develop until they are around 25 years old.”