NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Agents with the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) conducted underage compliance checks at 860 businesses during its two week long Mardi Gras crackdown operation.
This is over triple the number of compliance checks conducted during the same period last year. As a result of the checks, 149 citations were issued for alcohol and tobacco sales to underage persons.
In Orleans Parish, officials conducted 223 checks resulting in 27 sales. Roughly 12 percent of business sold to minors. This is in contrast with 30 percent in 2014.
In Jefferson Parish, 68 checks were performed resulting in 18 sales. The percentage, 26 percent, has stayed consistent since 2014.
Officials say the majority of the compliance checks were conducted using 16 and 17 year old undercover operatives. For Mardi Gras, ATC focused the majority of its checks in areas of the state with large parades and festivities.
For a list of offending businesses in Orleans and Jefferson parishes, click here: http://bit.ly/19D3Ubm