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Posted on: June 17, 2022

Tobacco Decoy Operation


Riverside County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Mariano Matos III

File # Y221680017


On June 17, 2022, members of the Coachella Community Action Team (CCAT), conducted a sting operation regarding the illegal sales of tobacco products. This operation was in conjunction with a Tobacco grant the city of Coachella was recently awarded. During the operation, decoys, who were not of the legal age to purchase tobacco, were sent into approximately eight businesses who sold tobacco products and attempted to purchase tobacco. Out of the eight businesses, three of them sold tobacco products to the decoys. The following businesses were cited for selling underage persons tobacco products:

  • M Market
  • Valley Meat Market
  • Alpha Smoke Shop

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Perez or CSO Fregoso with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (760)863-8990, or Crime Stoppers at (760)341-STOP (7867).

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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