Six arrested in check of cafes

WESTMINSTER police checked tobacco sales stores and cafes for compliance with the law. Six arrests and several seizures were made at two cafes (WPD photo).

A check of two cafes in Westminster visited this week for possible violations of state and federal tobacco law resulted in arrests and seizures.

According to the Westminster Police Department, an operation to ensure compliance with laws found most tobacco retail businesses they visited to be in compliance.

Two were cited for selling single cigarettes and one for failure to post required STAKE (Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement) signs noting the minimum legal age for the purchase of tobacco products.

However, when police checked two cafes they found more serious issues.

Six people were arrested, two for running a gambling house and four for a combination of warrants, fraud and sales/possession of drugs and possession of drug-related paraphernalia.

The seizures included over an ounce of methamphetamine, several items of drug paraphernalia, fictitious currency and about $1000 in illegal gambling funds.

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