OSWEGO – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today (May 9) announced the results of coordinated efforts by the State Liquor Authority, the Department of Motor Vehicles and local law enforcement agencies to crack down on underage drinking throughout the state during the month of April.
During this enforcement effort, SLA underage decoys visited 756 establishments, 200 of which made illegal sales. In addition, this April, DMV investigators arrested 48 people under the age of 21 attempting to use false identification to purchase alcohol.
“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.”
The SLA conducted 56 underage details in 45 counties, with investigators 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.
During the investigations, SLA investigators entered the licensed premises separately from the undercover minor to observe and verify when illegal transactions occurred. The decoys were able to purchase alcohol at 200 businesses.
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156 Water St., Oswego
As part of DMV’s Operation Prevent Initiative, investigators arrested 48 people for possessing false identification and seized 47 fake identifications during the month of April.
12 arrests and 12 IDs seized at Alley Cats in Oswego: April 20
two arrests and two IDs seized at The Sting in Oswego: April 20
Persons under the age of 21 found to be using fake IDs or false documents with the intent to purchase alcohol can be arrested and have their license revoked for a minimum of 90 days or up to one year.
Businesses charged by the SLA with underage sales face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation, and repeat offenders face potential suspension or revocation of their licenses. Additionally, employees or licensees who sell to minors can be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor.