Illegal alcohol/tobacco sales targeted
CROWLEY - Crowley Police conducted one of many upcoming compliance checks within the city of Crowley on Monday.
“Periodically, we perform compliance checks on our businesses regarding the sale of alcohol and tobacco products to persons under the legal age” stated Chief of Police K.P. Gibson.
“Our goal is to check compliance. If a clerk sells alcohol or tobacco products to a person under the legal age, the clerk is cited for illegal sales of alcohol or tobacco products. What we are looking for is compliance. We want to make sure that identification is being checked and confirmed before the sale is completed,” stated Gibson.
Detectives visited seven various locations within the city of Crowley. Of the seven, three were out of compliance. Detectives cited the clerks of each store and a follow up will be conducted with each business to assure that proper procedures are being followed and corrective measures are being taken in-house by management.
“The goal of this compliance check is to assure the safety of our young adults and children. We are not trying to hurt our local businesses, but we are seeing more and more alcohol and tobacco products in the possession of persons under the legal age to possess these items,” stated Gibson.
The legal age to purchase tobacco products is 18 years of age and 21 years of age for alcohol.