Over 90 businesses in Hammond-area cited over past year for illegal sale of alcohol
POSTED: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 10:04pm
HAMMOND, LA — In an ongoing investigation led by Sheriff Daniel Edwards, over 90 retailors in Tangipahoa Parish have been cited over the past year for the illegal sale of alcoholic beverages to persons under 21.
TPSO Juvenile detectives had undercover juveniles visit numerous retail locations and attempt to purchase alcohol illegally. Over the past 12 months, nearly 500 undercover visits were conducted and 90 local retailors were cited for selling alcohol to minors.
“We are making progress,” Edwards said. “I am extremely pleased with the efforts of my detectives. We see underage drinking and the purchasing of alcohol for underage consumption as a community-wide issue that will take the combined efforts of law enforcement and our community to combat.” he continued.
Alcohol licenses can be taken away from store owners who sell alcohol to minors or “persist in putting profits before the safety of our youth.” Selling alcohol to a minor can result in a fine of up to $500.00 and up to $1,000.00 on the second offense. A store owner's alcohol license can be revoked on a third offense.
This is an on-going operation for the sheriff’s office and more store checks are planned.