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Deputies Bust 10 for Selling Tobacco to a Minor

A teenage volunteer acted as a decoy and attempted to purchase tobacco at 48 businesses in Central Marin.

Marin County Sheriff’s deputies cited 10 people for selling tobacco to a minor — including one Novato man — in a sting operation near the town limits of Corte Madera, Larkspur, San Anselmo, Greenbrae and San Rafael.

A teenage volunteer decoy attempted to buy tobacco at 48 businesses for the Marin County Sheriff's Office. Selling tobacco to anyone younger than 18 years of age is a misdemeanor.

The following subjects were cited and released with a promise to appear in the Marin County Superior Court:

  • Irving Terada, 64, of Novato
  • Robert Howell, 63, of Corte Madera
  • Awadhesh Kumar, 32, of Union City
  • Carlos Gonzalez, 54, of Petaluma
  • Melissa Williams, 23, of San Rafael
  • Tyler Carlston, 22, of San Anselmo
  • Malkeet Grewal, 35, of San Rafael
  • Elise Service, 49, of San Rafael
  • Debra Kinney, 57 of Cotati
  • Dong Homer, 63 of San Rafael

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Steven Norwin January 08, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Too bad our law enforcement cannot enforce illegal immigration. I am more concerned about illegals and the crime they bring to our country than a 17yr old smoking.
Anthony January 08, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I agree.
Devin January 08, 2013 at 05:28 PM
I actually think this is great. Selling tobacco to minors is a crime, and I am glad these people got caught. What does immigration have anything to do with this? Completely off topic.
mike jones January 08, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Devin it has a lot to do with is police are wasting money and time arresting people for really minor crime. And then they go to court and waste the courts time when they are just given a little fine. Police should spend more time and monry on real crime.
Anthony January 08, 2013 at 05:42 PM
This is a very minor crime. Many high school kids smoke cigarettes, and they get it from parents (who actually buy it for them) or friends who are 18. I say if they want to kill themselves and get cancer, let them. You can't stop someone when cigarettes are so easy to get. Now we will be wasting money and time for these people to go to court.
Christine January 08, 2013 at 08:03 PM
I think the police are forced to be politically correct whn it comes to arresting criminals. Hows that for our government?
phil January 09, 2013 at 04:37 AM
With such limited reasorces for all our municipal agencies, this action is really a waste of taxpayers money for the police,courts, and all other agencies and people involved. The only ones that benefit from this exercise are the attorneys that will get involved.

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