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    North Carolina Stores Caught in Tobacco Probe

    A state undercover operation leads to more than 100 charges for underage sales.

    RALEIGH, N.C. -- This past July, state Alcohol Law Enforcement agents used a teenager under 18 years old to try to buy cigarettes, cigars and snuff, checking 597 stores in 18 counties and caught more than 100 clerks. If convicted, the clerks could pay a $1,000 fine and do 30 hours of community service.

    ALE Director Mike Robertson says he hopes the campaign will emphasize how important it is for store clerks to check the IDs of young people to be sure they aren't selling tobacco or alcohol to minors.

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