FULTON – The New York State Liquor Authority today (Feb. 24) announced the results of an underage sting operation conducted on February 23 in Fulton.
The SLA conducted an underage-drinking sting operation visiting 10 different businesses, including drug stores, convenience stores, liquor stores and grocery stores.
In total, undercover decoys working under the direct supervision of SLA Beverage Control Investigators were able to purchase alcohol at one of the ten businesses visited, with nine licensees refusing to sell to the minors.
“Preventing the sale of alcohol to minors is a top priority for the State Liquor Authority,” SLA Chairman Vincent Bradley said. “These efforts will continue to be a part of our proactive measures to prevent alcohol abuse among our youth.”
The businesses refusing to sell to minors were:
Rite Aid Pharmacy, 110 E. Broadway, Fulton
Kinney Drugs, 115 Oneida, Fulton
Nice N Easy, 817 S. Fourth St., Fulton
Sammy’s Mini Market, 371 S. Fifth St., Fulton
Sonbyrne Sales, 1013 Emery St., Fulton
Price Chopper, 12 W. First St., Fulton
Fastrac Market, 131 Broadway, Fulton
Tops Markets, 909 W. First St., Fulton
481 Liquor and Wines, 201 Seneca St., Fulton
The business selling to a minor was:
Save A Lot, 364 W. First St., Fulton
Licensees charged with underage sales face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation, with fines starting at $2,500 for a first time offense.
Repeat offenders also face possible suspension or revocation of their licenses.
In addition, employees or licensees who sell to minors can be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor.