WALLINGFORD — Three local businesses failed tobacco compliance checks following unannounced inspections at 31 town establishments Wednesday.
Empire Wine and Liquor Superstore, 1145 N. Colony Road; Food Land, 250 S. Colony Road; and The Pit Stop, 66 Woodhouse Ave., were issued $200 infractions for illegal sale or delivery of tobacco to minors, Sgt. Shelly Samselski said in a statement. The stores were also referred to the state Department of Revenue Services for possible further sanctions.
On Wednesday, the community police unit and staff from the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement program conducted the compliance checks, Samselski said. Under direction of authorities, an underage youth entered establishments to purchase tobacco products.
Police also reminded residents that it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess, smoke or use a tobacco product in public.