Dozens of stores cited for underage alcohol sales

Hammond, La. - In an ongoing investigation, over 90 retailors in Tangipahoa Parish have been cited over the past year for the illegal sale of alcoholic beverages to persons under 21.

Juvenile detectives, working for the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office have been visiting stores in an attempt to illegally buy beer and alcohol. Over the past 12 months, Sheriff Daniel Edwards says nearly 500 undercover visits were conducted, with 90 local retailors cited for selling alcohol to minors.

"We are making progress," Edwards said. "I am extremely pleased with the efforts of my detectives. We see underage drinking and the purchasing of alcohol for underage consumption as a community-wide issue that will take the combined efforts of law enforcement and our community to combat." he continued.

Alcohol licenses can be taken away from store owners who sell alcohol to minors or "persist in putting profits before the safety of our youth." Selling alcohol to a minor can result in a fine of up to $500.00 and up to $1,000.00 on the second offense. A store owner's alcohol license can be revoked on a third offense.

Edwards says this is an on-going operation for the sheriff's office and more store checks are planned.