For Immediate Release
March 14, 2008
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
28 CHARGED IN UNDERAGE ALCOHOL SALES OPERATION
Twenty-eight convenience store clerks across Okaloosa County are being served a criminal summons to appear before a judge in connection with an underage alcohol sales operation conducted by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Problem-Oriented Policing unit – or POP Squad.
Sgt. Kevin Kirkpatrick says over a two-week period, officers supervised as teenagers under the age of 18 attempted to buy alcohol at eighty convenience stores in the county. The teens were successful at 28 locations. In some instances the teens were able to buy alcohol even after telling clerks their actual ages or providing ID that showed them to be underage.
Kirkpatrick says the timing of the operation was planned to coincide with the influx of teens during Spring Break.
The State Division of Alcohol, Beverage, and Tobacco also took part in the operation.
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