Three Coon Rapids businesses pass second tobacco compliance check

Three Coon Rapids businesses that were found in violation of the city’s tobacco license regulations during a Coon Rapids Police Department compliance check June 8 passed a recheck June 27.

Employees at Jenson Foods, 550 Northdale Blvd.; Angels Food Mart, 11449 Hanson Blvd.; and Fast Trip Market, 12095 Hanson Blvd., had sold a pack of cigarettes to a 17-year-old girl without asking for identification June 8, according to the police report.

But when Det. Brad Johnson, along with a 16-year-old boy went back to the three stores June 27, an employee at each store refused to give the boy a pack of cigarettes, the police report filed by Johnson stated.

Back on June 8, two officers along with two 17-year-old girls took part in the compliance check of 54 businesses that hold tobacco licenses from the city.

Two of the businesses were found to be closed. The recheck June 27 confirmed that those stores were still closed.

According to the tobacco license ordinance, each of the three businesses found in violation June 8 were fined $250, while the employees who made the sale had to pay a $75 administrative fee.

Neither Angels Food Mart nor Fast Trip Market have been found in violation of the city’s tobacco code before, said Deputy City Clerk Kris Linquist.

Jenson’s has had prior violations during compliance checks in 2001 and 2008, but not within 24-month threshold that would have triggered a $500 fine, she said.

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