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 November 19th, 2008  
41 percent non-compliance with underage liquor laws found in St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office undercover operation, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara
Seven of 17 convenience stores in St. Lucie County failed to follow state liquor-sales laws regarding minors in an undercover operation earlier this week, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“With the help of state Alcohol and Tobacco agents, working with our School Resource Deputy Unit and underage volunteers, we found violations in 41 percent of the stores we visited Monday night,” Sheriff Mascara said. “This is unacceptably high.”

Deputies made seven arrests of convenience store clerks. Deputies issued six notices to appear in court, and they took one clerk, an out-of-state resident, to the county jail because he didn’t meet the criteria for issuance of a notice to appear. All were charged with misdemeanors under state law.

“Many of these stores have signs claiming they don’t sell alcoholic beverages to minors,” but our undercover operation found that many of the stores don’t practice what they preach. We will conduct similar operations throughout the year to make sure that parents, minors and convenience store employees and managers know the law and follow the law.”

Here are the stores where deputies found liquor law violations:

Marathon – 1200 W. Midway Road
Merchant Mart – 6150 S. U.S.1
White City Food Mart – 5300 Oleander Avenue
White City Convenient Store – 366 East Midway Road
La Central – 1726 Delaware Avenue
Ramallah Food Mart – 3015 Orange Avenue
Kwik Stop – 702 Delaware Avenue

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