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Newport CVS Cited for Selling Marlboros to 17-Year-Old

The CVS on Bellevue Avenue was handed a citation today for selling cigarettes to a minor after a clerk sold a pack of Marlboros to an undercover agent on Monday.

The CVS on Bellevue Avenue was handed a citation today for selling cigarettes to a minor after a clerk sold a pack of Marlboros to an undercover agent on Monday.

Police said they made a check of 18 tobacco retailers throughout the city. All refused to sell cigarettes to the agent, 17, who was told by officers working the tobacco compliance detail to tell any clerk that he didn’t have ID and state his real age if asked.

At the CVS, the agent walked in around 6:24 p.m., police said, and the clerk, 21, sold the agent a pack without asking for ID.

Police identified the clerk as a 21-year-old Newport man. He reportedly told police he thought the agent was over 18. Though he will likely be in trouble with his employer, he is not facing any charge. Police said the business, not the clerk, is cited in instances when tobacco is sold to a minor.

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