Cannon County, TN - In the Woodbury area, multiple residents are upset over students vaping and are asking questions about how the children got their hands on the electronic cigarettes. The Cannon County Sheriff’s Office and the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office have both received complaints from the Cannon County school system as well as parents pertaining to minors being in possession of - and using vapes and tobacco products that were sold to them by local businesses, according to the Cannon County Sheriff’s Office.
Over the past couple of weeks, Cannon County Investigators Paul Reed and Billy Joe Crouch, along with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, have conducted compliance checks at every store that sells alcohol, tobacco, and vaping products in Cannon County.
The Sheriff’s Office confirmed, “Unfortunately, there were some businesses that did sell vapes, beer, and liquor to minors.” The establishments that failed to follow laws were cited for the illegal sales, but are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. The Cannon County Sheriff’s Office will continue to conduct random compliance checks of all businesses selling regulated items in hopes of keeping them out of the hands of our children.
Warren County, TN - It was a similar story in Warren County, Tennessee where the McMinnville Police Department and the Warren County Sheriff's Office conducted a joint operation throughout the community. There, authorities focused on the sale of alcohol to persons under the age of 21. At the conclusion of their investigation, 9 out of 37 businesses were cited for selling alcohol to a person under the age of 21.
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