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2018-05-15 / Police

Sidney Merchant Sells Alcohol to Minor in Statewide Sting

A Sidney merchant, located at 49 Union Street, was one of 200 retailers that sold alcohol to a minor during the month of April, in violation of state law as part of a statewide crackdown to curtail underage drinking, according to a press release issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office.

The State Liquor Authority worked with the Department of Motor Vehicles and law enforcement agencies as part of the initiative. During the month, 756 licensed establishments were visited, 200 of which made illegal sales. Forty-eight minors attempting to use false identification to purchase alcohol were also arrested. Forty-seven fake IDs were seized during the month.

The State Liquor Authority conducted 56 underage details in 45 counties, sending underage “decoys” into 756 establishments holding liquor licenses, including bars, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores, looking for retailers who sell alcohol to minors. Five-hundred and fifty-six of those businesses refused to sell alcohol to underage “decoys.”

“State and local law enforcement are taking proactive measures to deter underage drinking and to prevent the dangerous and potentially life-altering consequences that can come with it,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are committed to continuing these coordinated efforts to keep young New Yorkers and our communities safe.”

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