Clerks at three gas stations and other establishments in Lake County were cited by the sheriff’s office after being caught selling tobacco or nicotine products to people under 21, authorities said.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office recently concluded its third round of tobacco compliance checks in 2023.
The checks were conducted at businesses that sell tobacco or nicotine products in Lake County.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said the compliance checks are intended to ensure businesses selling tobacco and nicotine products are not selling to anyone under the age of 21.
The checks also make sure the establishments display proper tobacco sale signage.
Of the 73 establishments checked, three of them failed the compliance check and 70 successfully completed the checks, Covelli said.
Madeline S. Rivas, a clerk at the Phillips 66 at 41452 North Green Bay Road in Wadsworth, was cited for unlawful sale of tobacco to a person under 21.
Martin Gonzalez, a clerk at the Smoke Zone at 26481 West Grand Avenue in Ingleside, was cited for unlawful sale of tobacco to a person under 21.
Victor Zenteno Jr., a clerk at the LB Mart at 5075 Shoreline Road in Lake Barrington, was cited for unlawful sale of tobacco to a person under 21.
70 establishments in Beach Park, Third Lake, Ingleside, Volo, Lake Barrington, Long Grove, Deer Park, Wadsworth, and unincorporated areas of Lake Villa, Grayslake, Gurnee, Antioch, Mundelein, Palatine, Lake Zurich, Lake Bluff, Deerfield and Lake Forest successfully completed their compliance checks.
The businesses checked include those within the jurisdiction of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office or communities that contract with the sheriff’s office for policing services, not those within municipal limits.