Violations found in three tobacco-selling stores in Bristol

Three local tobacco product stores were recently required to remain closed until they become compliant and pay all their fines after a wage and workforce standards violation was found.

On Thursday, the Bristol Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team assisted the CT Department of Revenue Services, the CT Department of Labor and CT Department of Consumer Protection with routine inspections of six local stores that sell tobacco products, according to a press release from the Bristol Police Department. The inspections led to the closer of three stores, Edgewood Market, 568 Jerome Ave., Gala News, 533 Farmington Ave. and Sam’s Food Mart, 140 Park St., by the labor department for wage and workplace standards violation, the release said. These stores will be required to remain closed until they become compliant and all fines are paid, the release said.

The owner of Wasteland Gift Shop located at 320 Terryville Rd. was issued a misdemeanor summons for the sale of illegal untaxed tobacco products, the release said. The owner of Big Cats Smoke Shop, located at 270 Riverside Ave, also was issued a misdemeanor summons for operating without a valid tax license, the release said. They are required to appear in Bristol court on Monday, March 30, according to the release.

Marty’s Mart, located at 198 Burlington Ave. was found to be in compliance with all related regulations, the release said.