Police agencies conduct cigarette sweeps

Law enforcement and tax police cracked down on illegal cigarettes Monday.

The Policía de Control Fiscal, the Fuerza Pública and the San José Policía Municipal checked out 10 stores where cigarettes are sold and ended up confiscating 4,660 cigarettes.

Recent laws have tightened the way in which cigarettes can be marketed and sold. For example, the sale of single cigarettes is banned as a way to discourage smoking. In addition there are many smuggled cigarettes on the market in the Central Valley

One outlet was shut down because it did not have a required health permit for operation, said police.

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