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August 03, 2022

Another JUDE (Juvenile Underage Drinking Enforcement) Operation in Washington Parish/One Business Cited for 2nd Offense

In late May of 2022, four Washington Parish businesses were cited by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office for selling alcohol to juveniles. Fifteen area businesses were visited as part of a statewide effort known as JUDE (Juvenile Underage Drinking Enforcement). A subsequent JUDE operation on July 1, 2022 found four additional businesses which sold alcohol to a minor.

On July 29, 2022, the Sheriff’s Office once again conducted a JUDE operation by using a juvenile to attempt to buy alcohol at twenty-three parish business establishments. Only one parish business sold alcohol to a juvenile on July 29. A clerk at Chevron on Highway 21 in Varnado was cited for selling to an underage customer. This was the second offense for that business in a period of less than three months, with the first citation being issued in late May.

Four parish businesses which previously sold alcohol to a juvenile were revisited during the July 29 operation. Those four businesses requested proper identification and refused to sell alcohol to the juvenile.

“Out of twenty-three businesses visited on July 29, only one sold alcohol to a minor,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “While that is a low percentage, it is still one too many. The vast majority of parish business establishments which are licensed to sell alcohol do so in a responsible manner. I congratulate them and their clerks for demonstrating integrity and honesty.”

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