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July 07, 2022

WPSO: Underage Drinking Enforcement Operation – 8 Businesses Sold Alcohol to Juvenile, 26 Did Not

Press Release from Washington Parish Sheriff's Office

Within the past few weeks, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a JUDE (Juvenile Underage Drinking Enforcement) operation throughout the parish to identify businesses which might be selling alcohol to juveniles.

In late May, fifteen businesses were visited and four of them sold alcohol to the juvenile who was working with deputies. Those four businesses are Chevron in Varnado, Market Max in Franklinton, Bridge Store in Franklinton and Stop 2 Food Mart in Franklinton. Clerks at each business were issued a summons to appear in court.

On July 1, other businesses in the parish were visited. Once again, four businesses sold alcohol to a juvenile. Those businesses were Chevron on Sunset Drive, Chevron on Marshall Richardson Road, The Pumping Station on Memphis Street and the JZ Quick Stop on Highway 21. Clerks at each offending business were issued a summons to appear in court.

“While eight parish businesses sold alcohol to a juvenile, twenty-six did not,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “I commend the numerous businesses that verified the age of the juvenile customer and refused to sell alcohol to them. I caution all businesses to always check the identification and age of customers who desire to purchase alcohol. If the individual is less than twenty-one years old, Louisiana law requires that alcohol outlets do not sell alcohol to them. That is the law and we will continue to enforce it. My hope is that the next round of business checks produces zero violators.”

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