News Flash


Posted on: January 24, 2019

WPD cracks down on underage tobacco sales

WPD cracks down on underage tobacco sales

Several people arrested during a recent operation

The Watsonville Police Department is cracking down on underage tobacco sales at licensed establishments across the city.

Officers arrested several people during the first “Minor Decoy” and “Shoulder Tap” operations of 2019.

A Minor Decoy operation consists of officers sending underage volunteers into businesses to attempt to purchase tobacco. During a Shoulder Tap operation, an underage volunteer will solicit adults near licensed businesses to buy tobacco.

WPD officers conducted an operation on January 21st.

Unfortunately, the following businesses sold tobacco to our underage volunteers:

- Discount Cigarettes (2018 Freedom Blvd.) 

- Union 76 (1597 Freedom Blvd.)

One employee from each business was arrested for selling tobacco to a minor. The employees were issued a citation and released at the scene.

During our Shoulder Tap operations, conducted in the 1400 block of Main Street, officers arrested one adult for purchasing and contributing tobacco to minors. The adult was cited and released at the scene.

Despite the arrests, we are pleased to report that the following local businesses refused service to our underage volunteers:

- Union 76 (Main St) 

- La Princesa Market (Main St) 

- Town and Country Liquors 

- Illusion Smoke Shop 

- 7-11 (Main St) 

- FoodMax 

- Discount Cigarettes (Main St) 

- Rite Aid - Safeway 

- Quik Stop (Freedom Blvd) 

- AM/PM (Green Valley Rd.) 

- Mobile Gas 

- Walgreens 

- U Save Liquors 

- 831 Smoke Shop

These efforts are part of the yearlong Tobacco Law Enforcement Grant that WPD was awarded by the California Department of Justice.

Any questions regarding the operation or grant can be directed to Sergeant Tony Figueroa at (831) 768-3379 or 

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home

Summer in the city internship program - Facebook Post

Summer in the City Internship Program

Posted on: March 11, 2019

We Need Your Feedback!

Posted on: April 12, 2019
participants of the 2018 Earth Day/Day of the Child + information on 2019 event

Earth Day/Day of the Child

Posted on: March 14, 2019
wine walk_Website

Wine, Beer and Art Walk

Posted on: February 14, 2019

EDITH stands for Exit Drills In The Home

Posted on: February 14, 2019
WPD welcomes two new officers

The WPD family keeps growing!

Posted on: February 11, 2019
FLYERS FLYER 2019 Square

FLYERS Afterschool Program New Location

Posted on: January 16, 2019
holidays in the plaza

Holidays in the Plaza

Posted on: November 23, 2018
Thanksgiving Closure (1)

Thanksgiving Closure

Posted on: November 21, 2018

Watsonville Holiday Factory Sale

Posted on: November 19, 2018
first time home buyer forum 9.19.18

First Time Home Buyers Forum

Posted on: September 7, 2018
PinkPatch Project (2)

Support WPD & WFD's Pink Patch Project

Posted on: August 29, 2018
first time home buyer forum

First Time Home Buyers Forum

Posted on: August 18, 2018
water quality

Wanted - Water Quality Watchdogs

Posted on: August 3, 2018

Watsonville Strawberry Festival

Posted on: July 17, 2018
music in the plaza

Music in the Plaza

Posted on: July 17, 2018
Parks and recs month

July is Parks & Rec Month

Posted on: July 17, 2018
virtual kidnapping

Virtual Kidnapping

Posted on: March 19, 2018
150 things to do and see

150 Things to Do and See in Watsonville

Posted on: February 20, 2018

Keeping Up With Watsonville

Posted on: April 20, 2017

Recycle Your Used Motor Oil and Paint

Posted on: October 28, 2011

Pinto Lake City Park

Posted on: April 21, 2017