Saturday, August 5, 2017

Smoke Shop Cited for Underage Sales

After numerous complaints of underage sales of tobacco, the Cherokee Marshals, with the assistance of Muldrow police, have cited the owner of the Broken Arrow Smoke Shop on Muldrow’s west side.

Muldrow Police Chief George Lawson said his department received numerous complaints from parents who reported their underage children were able to buy tobacco at the shop.

Because the smoke shop is on Cherokee land, Lawson said the Cherokee Marshals were called to conduct the investigation.

“We had a lot of complaints about juveniles going up there and buying tobacco,” Lawson said. “We had a couple sets of parents complain and we contacted the Cherokee Marshals.”

They asked for assistance and one set of parents agreed. 

“One set of parents decided their child would assist and the child went in. No ID was asked for and the owner was written a citation,” Lawson said.

The Cherokee Marshals explained the shop will be allowed to stay open until the marshals arrange for the confiscation of the shop’s inventory. The citation will go before a Cherokee court in Tahlequah, and most likely the owner will be fined and the shop’s license suspended for a time. Lawson said he does not know the owner’s name.

The shop will most likely be allowed to open in the future after the license suspension is over, Lawson said

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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