Five ShasCo businesses cited in youth decoy tobacco operation
SHASTA COUNTY — Authorities say five business were cited for illegally selling tobacco products to a minor during a decoy operation Tuesday, Feb. 4. Although ten of the fifteen targeted businesses refused to sell tobacco products to the decoy, five did sell tobacco products to the youth.
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During the operation, which was made possible thanks to funding provided by the Department of Justice – Tobacco Grant Program, Shasta County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency to target businesses throughout the county that illegally sell tobacco products to children and young adults under the age of 21.
As the operation continued the youth decoy, who was under the age of 21 and under the direct supervision of the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, attempted to purchase tobacco products from fifteen businesses licensed to sell tobacco products, Shasta County Sheriff’s Lt. Brian Jackson later reported.
During the operation, clerks at five of the fifteen businesses were caught selling tobacco products to the youth decoy, according to Jackson.
The following businesses were cited as a result of the decoy operation:
- Happy Stop Market, 16201 Cloverdale Road, Anderson
- Country Market, 5235 Happy Valley Road, Anderson
- Gas Point Market, 19980 Gas Point Road Cottonwood
- Cottonwood Chevron, 20800 4 th Street, Cottonwood
- Dollar General #15959, 9494 Deschutes Road, Palo Cedro
After the successful operation, Jackson reminded citizens that the minimum age for purchasing and using tobacco products is 21-years-old, unless a person is an active military personnel and at least 18-years-old.
Jackson also said the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office will continue to conduct periodic compliance checks on area businesses to reduce the availability of tobacco and vaping products to Shasta County youth.
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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.
Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 16 grandchildren.