ALBERT LEA, Minn. – A recent tobacco compliance check found over 92% of retailers obeying the law.
The Albert Lea Police Department says it tested 27 businesses by sending in a 17-year-old to try and buy tobacco products. 25 refused to sell and only Market Place Foods on Main Street West and Korner Mart on West Front Street sold to the underage buyer.
State law requires law enforcement to conduct tobacco compliance checks at least once a year. Retail clerks face up to 90 days and stores could have their tobacco license suspended for seven days for the first illegal sale.