Pair of Grand Forks Businesses Sold Tobacco to Minors

(Grand Forks, ND) -- A pair of businesses in a bit of hot water after telling tobacco to minors last week.

The Grand Forks Police Department’s Education and Outreach Bureau, along with area under-age buyers conducted tobacco compliance checks April 15th. These tobacco compliance checks were done in compliance with SYNAR grant funding through the Grand Forks Public Health Department and the ND Department of Health.

The Police Department uses under-age buyers from the community who are under 18 years of age, even though the current Federal Law prohibits sales of tobacco products to buyers under 21 years of age. 

The officers and under-age buyers checked 17 businesses within the city of Grand Forks that had tobacco licenses that were issued by the state of North Dakota. Of the 17 businesses that were checked there were two failures. These two failures had a citation issued to the clerk that sold the tobacco product. The store will also face an administrative sanction.

The business’ that sold tobacco products to our underage buyer were:

  • Pilot Travel Center #489-4401 32 nd Ave. South - 04-15-21
  • Gateway Cenex- 3635 Gateway Drive - 04-15-21