Gurnee, IL – In an effort to reduce tobacco use by teens, the Gurnee Police Department participates in the Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here Program. This is a statewide program that targets retailers that violate the law by selling tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18.
The Gurnee Police Department recently conducted tobacco ordinance compliance checks on November 16th. To conduct the compliance check, the police department enlisted the assistance of a 16 year old sophomore student from Warren Township High School. The underage student went to 23 establishments within the village and attempted to purchase tobacco products. The transactions are monitored by plain clothed officers.
There were two sales of tobacco products to the underage agent, so the compliance rate was 91% for the 23 businesses that were checked. Charged with the prohibited sale of tobacco products to an individual under the age of 18 were Angel Flores, Jr. of Zion and Fernando Jimenez of Round Lake Beach. Flores is an employee of Walgreens, 4830 Grand Ave., Gurnee, and Jimenez is an employee of BP Amoco, 350 N. Hunt Club Rd., Gurnee. The Gurnee Police Department will continue our efforts in retail education and periodic compliance checks throughout Gurnee to make sure tobacco products are not readily available to minors.
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Cmdr. William Meyer
Email: BillJM@police.gurnee.il.us