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Putnam Deputies, ABCA Hit Streets In Undercover Alcohol Sting
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Leslie Rubin
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Reported: Mar. 22, 2013 10:23 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 24, 2013 11:47 PM EDT
Winfield , Putnam County , West Virginia
Putnam County deputies were targeting stores who sell alcohol to minors Friday night.
Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese said he has received several calls from concerned parents that their underage children were coming home drunk after buying alcohol from several stores across the county.
On Friday, his office teamed up with the ABCA in an effort to visit every establishment in the county that sells alcohol, to see if they took the bait when they sent in an underage girl to try and buy the booze.
On the first stop of the night, deputies said the teenage girl was able to walk out of the Dollar General in Winfield on Route 817 with a six pack of Corona beer. Deweese said she gave the clerk her ID, which clearly identified she was not 21, but the clerk overrode that information and sold her the beer anyways.
Immediately, deputies and ABCA workers went in and cited the clerk and the Dollar General for selling alcohol to a minor.
They had two teams out, scouring the county for the same type of activity.
"I think it's a wake up call for the establishments in the county to know how serious we're taking the fact of underage compliance, to make sure they are ID-ing and it's the law," Deweese said.
"Especially in this day and age, where kids are being subjected to so much more. On your channel and everywhere, the drugs are everywhere," Putnam Deputy M.K. Woodford said. "This is isn't as big of an epidemic, but it still needs to be done. Anything we can do to let these businesses know that they are going to be held accountable is a bonus. It's a good thing."
As of 11:00 p.m. on Friday, Deweese said five out of 24 places they visited were cited. They planned to work into the morning hours.
1. Dollar General - Winfield
2. Clark's BP Station - Fraziers Bottom
3. 7-Eleven - Scary Creek
4. Par Mar - Hurricane
5. Smoker Friendly - Scott Depot
The sting was funded in part by the Governor's Highway Safety Program.
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