Tobacco Market could lose its license

Tobacco Market at 2040 Market Drive in Stillwater could lose its tobacco license after failing a third compliance check in less than a year (Gazette staff photo by Jonathan Young)

Tobacco Market at 2040 Market Drive in Stillwater could lose its tobacco license after failing a third compliance check in less than a year (Gazette staff photo by Jonathan Young)

A Stillwater store may lose its tobacco license after failing three compliance checks in less than a year.

Tobacco Market, at 2040 Market Drive, failed a compliance check Nov. 19 when police say an employee sold tobacco to a minor.

Sgt. Jeff Stender of the Stillwater Police said the number of violations means the city will move to revoke the store’s tobacco license.

“The presumptive penalty is license revocation and a $250 fine,” he said. “A license revocation would put them out of business.”

Stender expects the owner, identified in police records as Yassin Waleed Wazwaz, to appeal the revocation, which he can do within 10 days of being served with notice of the revocation.

If Wazwaz appeals, his case will go before a hearing officer with the city. If unsatisfied with the officer’s decision, Wazwaz could appeal to the Stillwater City Council. Stender expected the process could extend into 2014.

According to police records, two 17-year-old male volunteers entered Tobacco Market Nov. 19 and successfully purchased tobacco from the clerk.

Police performed compliance checks at a total of 15 Stillwater businesses Nov. 19. Lucky’s Station on Greeley Street S. was the only other business to fail.

Tobacco Market also failed compliance checks on Aug. 15, 2013, and Dec. 12, 2012. After the August violation, Wazwaz had been informed that another violation within 24 months would result in a $250 fine and possible license revocation.

In April of last year, a resident had also filed a complaint claiming her underage son had been repeatedly able to purchase tobacco from the store without an ID.

Wazwaz could not be reached for comment.

 

Contact Jonathan Young at jonathan.young@ecm-inc.com

 
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