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September 21, 2018

State Liquor Authority Underage Drinking Detail Nets 1 Sale To A Minor


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:
Drug Store(s):

Rite Aid Pharmacy, 110 E. Broadway, Fulton

Kinney Drugs, 115 Oneida, Fulton

Convenience Store(s):

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

Liquor Store:

481 Liquor and Wines, 201 Seneca St., Fulton

The business selling to a minor was:
Grocery Store:

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.

14 Responses “State Liquor Authority Underage Drinking Detail Nets 1 Sale To A Minor”

  1. Ken
    February 24, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    I wish they would use the time and man power to arrest illegals in fulton and oswego, now that would save tax payers money and lifes. as a man now in his 6os, tell me who has not try to get a beer when your young, i know i did and to be sure alot of these same ones who are after the 18 years old saying you cant do that , are the same ones who did it when they were 18.

  2. Dick S.
    February 24, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Typical entrapment scheme by the state…you send a “minor” in with either a beard or boobs as big as Dolly Parton’s and a fake ID, you’re bound to catch someone making a mistake.

  3. Rick
    February 25, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    If it was “Entrapment” these cases would fold. The agent or Officer (Depending on the Agency) searches the informant to ensure there is no form of ID, sends them into the Establishment where they try to purchase alcoholic beverages. The clerk is OBLIGATED to ask for ID. If they don’t, they are issued appearance tickets. ONE establishment out of TEN means the other Nine are doing their jobs.

  4. Steve Yablonski
    February 25, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    These “decoys” do present forms of ID to the clerk….

  5. Rick
    February 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Then things have changed since we worked these operations in Oswego and Onondaga county. My point was calling it “Entrapment” is not true. The clerks have the Responsibility to ask for ID. Back when we were sending in agents under 21, it was to ensure Establishments were asking for ID and when our boys and girls walked out with Alcohol it was because we knew they didn’t have ID on their person which made prosecution easier.

  6. Steve Yablonski
    February 25, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    But can anyone explain why this isn’t entrapment? They are going in with the sole purpose of trying to deceive the clerk. The clerks don’t intentionally sell to minors (well at least the vast majority) They are trying to do their job as best they can and sometimes mistakes happen.

  7. M
    February 25, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    thank God for our heroes in law enforcement! sounds like a real efficient operation with endless benefits for the community, exactly the thing the people of our region demand against the evil scourge of youth alcohol consumption, certainly one of the central issues in all our lives, and these sting operations are so beneficial and necessary, the resources spent to organize and execute this operation and others like it yield so much public good, the reward of manipulating one hapless member of the working class and exposing the villainy of selling alcohol to someone less than 21 is so worth it and heroic, that I couldn’t possibly think of a better way for our glorious citizens on patrol to protect and serve the public!

  8. F. Latrat
    February 26, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Isn’t showing a fake ID or claiming to be of legal age a form of fraud?
    Wouldn’t that make underage decoys subject to prosecution?

  9. Taco Eater
    February 26, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Here are the 3 scenarios is a sting when someone UNDER the age of 21 is sent in to purchase alcohol.

    1) If asked they are NOT asked for I.D. and the alcohol is sold to them; under arrest.

    2) If they ARE asked for I.D. don’t provide any I.D. and the alcohol is sold to them; under arrest.

    3) If they are asked for I.D. and they clerk reads the I.D. properly, it can NOT be expired or be under 21 or it is considered NOT VALID and if the sale of alcohol is made; under arrest.

    So, what do you do if you retail alcohol? ALWAYS ask for a VALID I.D. and read it over. Make sure your math is correct and it looks like them whether it is out of state or not. Officials can not present a fake I.D. but they can present an expired one or an out of state I.D. If the customer gives you grief, tell them you don’t make the law, you just follow it. Welcome to NY.

  10. Joe Friday
    February 26, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Nobody can explain why this isn’t entrapment, because it is. Besides, I don’t think all the clerks are “experts” at determining what’s a fake ID and what isn’t, (such as perhaps an out of state drivers license, military ID, or other types of ID). That’s the job of law enforcement… to make that determination, as well as to find out if they asked for identification or not. The “offense” is producing a fake ID, just as much as not asking for it. No different than “secret shoppers” in big box stores trying to find out who’s being nice to customers and who isn’t.

  11. Bill Gannon
    February 26, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    If they really want to curb underage drinking, I say the heck with telling them ahead of time where the next DWI checkpoint will be, and when.

  12. February 26, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    I used to work for the SLA when I was young, but that was over 40 years ago.

  13. Taco Eater
    February 27, 2017 at 5:36 am

    In an alcohol sting, the enforcement CAN NOT produce a false I.D. That would be entrapment. They can however, produce a real I.D. that is under age (not a 21+ birthdate) or an I.D. that is expired. That’s it. That is all that can be shown in effort to purchase alcohol. Whether it is out of state or in state, it must not be expired and it must be 21 or over. So, to recap: Demand I.D. Only accept (valid) non-expired I.D. Do the math. The forms of acceptable I.D. in NYS are: driver’s license, military I.D., passport, and personal DMV identification (that is an issued I.D. for people who do not drive). Most of the time, I.D. is simply never demanded.

  14. February 27, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Bill,thats every holiday or special weekend event nowadays bank on it!!!

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