Two St. Lawrence Count residents were arrested May 29 from an underage drinking initiative check of 22 retails stores and establishments from around the county, according to state police.
WAYNE — Township police targeted the bars of two restaurants in an underage drinking sting that led to 18 summonses and a juvenile complaint, authorities said.Wayne police charged eight underage drinkers, a waitress, a bouncer, a bartender and a restaurant patron on Friday during a joint undercover operation with the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. - See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/wayne-police-target-two-restaurants-in-underage-drinking-sting-1.1028668#sthash.xQdatLbE.dpuf
More than half of all alcohol distributors at the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival on Sunday sold alcohol to minors acting as decoys in an undercover police operation, authorities said.
In the sting, minors supervised by Long Beach Police Department and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control attempted to buy alcohol throughout the venue. Authorities found that more than half of the distributors sold alcohol to the minors, the LBPD said in a statement.
Over the weekend, Bernalillo County deputies arrested at least five people who bought alcohol for minors or sold it to them during an underage drinking tactical plan.
A sting against selling alcohol to minors ended with employees at four popular restaurants behind bars and facing criminal charges.Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) agents headed up an under sting on Thursday.TABC agents sent an undercover minor into 18 restaurants in Hidalgo County.Invsetigators reported that the operation ended with the arrests of four restaurant employees who sold beer to the undercover minor.There are dozens of news stories like these in the last few months. Does making some legal reduce sales to minors? That is a really interesting question that needs some data, not assumptions or ideology.
I could see the possibility that the fear of losing a business license and fines might restrain sales to minors. I could also see the possibility that making something legal leads to a somewhat more relaxed view by sellers of what they are selling, or simply that the increased volume of a legal business increases the number of transactions where a clerk gets careless or sloppy.
And yes, the same thing is true of guns. If guns were illegal to own and sell, there would be far fewer of them sold. The problem is that a disproportionate number of those guns that continued to flow would end up in criminal hands compared to otherwise law-abiding people. Worse, the more brutal the criminal, the less need he has for a gun to commit horrible crimes.