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Station fined $500 for underage tobacco sale

STERLING – After its second violation in a little over a month, a local gas station was hit with a fine and its tobacco license will be suspended for a week.

Phillips 66 owner Jay Patel appeared before the Liquor and Tobacco Commission to answer for an underage tobacco violation that occurred on March 20 at his Phillips 66 station at 2218 E. Lincolnway. The first violation occurred March 13.

Patel was fined $500 fine and his tobacco license will be suspended July 1 to 7.

The employee, Audrey Montanez, was cited for sale of tobacco products to minors and faces a minimum $50 fine.

Montanez, who has worked at the store for a year, didn’t ask for identification because “she was busy on the phone,” Patel said at Monday’s hearing.

“With your record, it seems to me if an employee violated the law they shouldn’t be employed,” said Mayor Skip Lee, head of the commission,

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