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Police Operations Net Tobacco, Gambling Infringements

Posted July 25, 1996 7:00 a.m. EDT

— July 26, 1996 - 12:25 p.m. EDT

Police officers in Cary sent a 15-year-old girl into more than a dozen stores to buy cigarettes in a sting operation Thursday. She didn't have much trouble.

The sting was set up to find merchants selling cigarettes to children under the age of 18.

Everyone caught selling to minors now has to appear in court. Punishment could range from a $10 fine to probation.

Those who did not sell to the girl were rewarded with t-shirts and other items.

Meanwhile, in Wilson, police arrested six people allegedly involved in illegal lottery operations.

Police visited four suspected betting houses with gambling operations that reportedly netted about $100,000 per week.

The players allegedly participated in placing illegal bets based on winning lottery numbers from other states