Fourteen businesses sold tobacco to minors during a North County sting operation involving the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and officers from San Bruno, South San Francisco and Daly City.
From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 30, a decoy operation was held in four cities -- Millbrae, San Bruno, South San Francisco and Daly City. The operation used minors as decoys and targeted tobacco sales outlets. Attempts to purchase tobacco with minor decoys were made at 161 merchants and 14 citations were issued for the sale of a tobacco product to a minor.
In Millbrae, three out of the 16 merchants sold to the decoy. Businesses that sold to decoys include: Walgreens, 45 S. El Camino Real; Walgreens, 615 Broadway; and Skyline Chevron Station, 400 Skyline Blvd.
In San Bruno, only one of the 37 merchants -- Gas and Shop at 2001 Rollingwood Drive -- sold to the decoy.
Five of the 45 merchants in South San Francisco sold to the decoy. Those businesses include: Jailhouse Deli & Liquors & Bait & Tackle, 1051 Airport Blvd.; Brentwood Service Station, 209 El Camino Real; Shell Gas Station, 710 El Camino Real; Valero Gas Station, 2296 Westborough Blvd.; and Valero Gas Station, 300 S. Airport Blvd.
In Daly City, five of the 63 merchants sold tobacco to the decoy.
Funds for the operation were provided by grant money from the San Mateo County Health System. Statistics indicated that at least 99 percent of the merchants checked asked the decoy for identification, according to a press release from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.