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Ongoing sting operations fail to curb alcohol sales to minors

Despite ongoing sting operations, many clerks continue to sell alcohol to underage buyers. (Source: WALB) Despite ongoing sting operations, many clerks continue to sell alcohol to underage buyers. (Source: WALB)
ADDU Major Prurince Dice (Source: WALB) ADDU Major Prurince Dice (Source: WALB)
Underage buyers working with the drug unit tested 19 stores in East Albany. (Source: WALB) Underage buyers working with the drug unit tested 19 stores in East Albany. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Despite ongoing sting operations, many clerks continue to sell alcohol to underage buyers.

So many locations failed the sting operation, the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit didn't have time to hit all the stores they planned to check.

How are you doing is the first question convenience store clerks often ask customers at the checkout.

And if you're buying alcohol, the next is, can I see your ID?

But unlike this clerk at Woodall's, which is known to have a strict policy, not every store is following the law.

Based on several complaints we have throughout the community, we conducted a sting operation concerning alcohol sales to underage customers," said ADDU Major Prurince Dice.

It was the second operation in four months.

Underage buyers working with the drug unit tested 19 stores in East Albany.

10 of them made illegal sales.

"Couple of the stores that sold they asked for ID saw that the person was underage and they still sold to the customer," said Dice.

And if that's not shocking enough.

"Several stores did not even ask for I-D at all, they just made the sale," said Dice.

Pilot Travel Center on Cordele Road was one of those stores.

Dice urged business owners to crack down on their staff by firing those who choose not to card, though he says too often, the owners themselves make illegal sales.

About half the stores violated the law. That's about the same as the last sting operation.

Dice said he wants business owners to remember this:

"If a minor get caught drinking and driving what if they walk out of the store and go in get in the car and start drinking and driving and go down the road and kill somebody so if this was their child, my question is what would they want us to do," said Dice.

Drug Commander Dice said all 10 stores will be charged with selling alcohol to minors.

The following stores failed:

MRT on 1117 Clark Avenue

A&D Food Mart on 1421 N. Maple Street

Milan Food Mart on 1515 Clark Avenue

Shell Station on 2400 Clark Avenue

Pilot Travel Center on 310 Cordele Road

Big E's Country on 2100 Cordele Road

S&B Quick Stop  on 1800 E. Broad Avenue

Stop and Shop on 1701 E. Oglethorpe Blvd.

JMD Food Store on 1800 E. Oglethorpe Blvd.

Neighborhood Grocery on 716 Johnson Road

College Corner on 230 E. Oglethorpe Blvd.

The following stores passed:

Enmark #841 on 2424 Clark Avenue

Stop and Buy on 700 Cordele Road

Dixie Food Mart on 1400 E. Broad Avenue

Tate's Liquor Street on 2424 Sylvester Road

Fast Lane on 3000 Sylvester Road

Circle K Food Mart on 541 S. Mock Road

Flash Foods on 624 Holly Drive

Liberty MD Food Mart on 2201 E. Oglethorpe Blvd.

SpeeGo on 224 Johnson Road

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