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Stores caught in undercover alcohol sting

November 11, 2003

Albany -- Another undercover sting of Dougherty County stores to check for selling alcohol to underage buyers was held last Thursday and Friday. Nearly forty percent of the stores checked sold booze to officers under 21-years-old.

These are some of the alcoholic drinks that were purchased by undercover sheriff's deputies during the operation. Sixty-two stores were checked, 27 sold alcohol to underage buyers. Nine of the stores were caught for the second time in one year.

One clerk sold to the undercover officers for the third time. District Attorney Ken Hodges says they are disappointed so many stores continue to sell to underage buyers. " We will be seeking harsher penalties for those individuals and stores. I'm certain the city and the county will start alcohol license reviews of these repeat offenders."

Sheriff Jamil Saba said "We don't know if they are just trying to make more money, or if they are just not looking at the I.D. cards right. But they need to pay attention because we don't any of these kids to get hurt. We don't want anyone to get hurt."

 Earlier this year the Albany City Commission suspended store's license to sell alcohol for seven days after being caught for the second time.

You wonder what they do with the beer, wine, and malt liquor gathered in the stings. Right after the news conference Albany Dougherty Drug Unit officers poured it down the drain.

This is a complete list of the stores checked in the alcohol operation.

These stores DID sell to underage buyers:

Gavin's Grocery        Mercer Av.
JackRabbitt Foods  Slappey Blvd.
Dan Fair Express     Slappey Blvd.
Chevron Food Mart  Slappey Blvd.
Phillips 66                  Broad Av.
Flash Foods               E. Oakridge
A&J Food Store         E. Broad
Express Lane             Sylvester Rd.
Eckerd's                      Slappey Blvd.
Marathon                     Mock Rd.
West Food Mart         Cordele Rd.
Roadrunner                Sylvester Rd.
Pitstop                          Sylvester Rd.
Jack Rabbitt                Cordele Rd.
JAXX Beer & Wine      Slappey Blvd.
Winn Dixie                    Sylvester Rd.
Food Max                      N. Slappey
King's Mart                   N. Madison
KWIK Way Foods       Highland Av.
Gordon Stop-N-Go     W. Gordon Av.
K&S Grocery                Newton Rd.
Oasis                            Gillionville Rd.
Expresss Lane             Gillionville Rd.
Westover Petro            Westover Blvd.
Jack Rabbitt                  Dawon Rd.
Triangle package          Newton Rd.
The Winery                     Dawson Rd.

These stores did NOT sell to underage buyers:

Seymour's Food Store    Dawson Road
Chevron Food Mart         Slappey Blvd.
Sunrise Pantry #22          Slappey Blvd.
Citgo                                  N. Slappey Blvd.
Enmark #031                      S. Slappey Blvd.
Quick Stop                          Gordon Avenue
Quickways                          Radium Springs
Amoco #9                             Ogelthorpe Blvd.
Woodall's #1                      E. Ogelthorpe Blvd.
S & B Quick Stop                Broad Avenue
Enmark                                Clark Avenue
Ace Liquor                            Slappey Blvd.
The Place                              S. Slappey Blvd.
A.B. Liquors                          E. Broad Ave.
Ajax Liquors                          E. Broad Ave.
Food Lion                              Slappey Blvd.
G & R Groceries                    S. Madison St.
Quickway Foods #44           Gillionville Rd.
Sunrise Pantry #25               Gillionville Rd.
Homerun Foods #7             Gillionville Rd.
Woodall's #3                           Westover Blvd.
Sunrise Pantry #32               Old Dawson Rd.
Shell                                       Old Dawson Rd.
Homerun Foods                     Dawson Rd.
Homerun Foods #5                N. Westover Blvd.
Food Mart Chevron                Stuart Ave.
Mini Mart                                    Stuart Avenue
Enmark                                      N. Slappey Blvd.
Oasis                                        N. Slappey Blvd.
Flash Foods                             N. Slappey Blvd.
Woodall's #2                             N. Slappey Blvd.
Michael Liquor                         W. Ogelthorpe Blvd.
Lighthouse Liquor                  Old Dawson Road
Bruno's                                      Meredyth Dr.
Publix #450                               Dawson Rd.
Winn Dixie #22                          Old Dawson Rd.

 posted at 3:56 PM by jimw@walb.com

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