Indiana State Excise Police officers cited 30 Lake County businesses Monday for 82 violations of tobacco-related state laws.
The preliminary citations came after an investigation by excise officers, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Indiana State Excise Police Cpl. Travis Thickstun.
The investigation was based on a complaint that numerous businesses were illegally purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products from sources other than licensed tobacco distributors. The 30 businesses are located in Gary, Hammond, Hobart and Lake Station.
Citations include the sale of single cigarettes and lack of necessary signage regarding the sale of tobacco to minors and “no smoking” signs.
Officers seized numerous packs of cigarettes, marijuana and prescription drugs.
Criminal charges of smoking in a prohibited location have been filed against Devea Nelson, of Gary. Officers encountered Nelson at the GoLo Gas station at 2295 Grant St. in Gary, police said.
Excise police also filed possession of marijuana charges against a person at the Citgo gas station, 901 E. Fifth Ave. in Gary, and possession of controlled substance charges against a person at the GoLo Gas station at 7305 Kennedy Ave. in Hammond.
Additional drug-related charges are pending, the news release states.
Thickstun was unavailable for additional comment Tuesday.