Deputies Bust 10 for Selling Tobacco to a Minor

A teenage volunteer acted as a decoy and attempted to purchase tobacco at 48 different businesses in central Marin.


Marin County Sheriff’s Deputies cited 10 people for selling tobacco to a minor in a sting operation near the town limits of Corte Madera, Larkspur, San Anselmo, Greenbrae and San Rafael.

A teenage volunteer decoy attempted to buy tobacco at 48 different businesses for the Marin County Sheriff's Department. 

Selling tobacco to a minor — anyone less than 18 years of age — is a misdemeanor, according to to the sheriff's department.

The following subjects were cited and released with a promise to appear in the Marin County Superior Court:

  • Robert Howell, 63, of Corte Madera
  • Irving Terada, 64, of Novato
  • Awadhesh Kumar, 32, of Union City
  • Carlos Gonzalez, 54, of Petaluma
  • Melissa Williams, 23, of San Rafael
  • Tyler Carlston, 22, of San Anselmo
  • Malkeet Grewal, 35, of San Rafael
  • Elise Service, 49, of San Rafael
  • Debra Kinney, 57 of Cotati
  • Dong Homer, 63 of San Rafael


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