Chino Hills police cited three clerks for selling tobacco products to underage decoys during an enforcement operation Thursday night in the city.

Officers from the Chino Hills Police Department visited 10 businesses in Chino Hills between 5 and 9 p.m. to ensure employees were following tobacco related laws by not selling cigarettes and other tobacco products to any under the age of 21, said Sgt. David Frayeh.

"Under this program, a “minor” under the direct supervision of police personnel, enters a tobacco retail shop and attempts to purchase tobacco products. Out of the ten (10) businesses visited, clerks at three (3) locations sold tobacco products to the underage decoy," Sgt. Frayeh said.

The unidentified clerks were cited and released. Court dates are pending", the sergeant said.

Names of the businesses were not released.

"The Chino Hills Police Department will continue operations to identify businesses as well as individuals who sell, supply, distribute or purchase tobacco related products for minors," he added. 

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