1/9/2013 10:22:00 AM Officers cite 58 for selling alcohol to underage buyers
Special to the Tribune
Prescott Valley and Prescott police officers, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies and the Arizona Department of Liquor Control cited 58 people for selling alcohol to underage buyers during two covert underage buyer details on Dec. 7 and Dec. 22.
Officers went to retail stores considered to be off-site liquor establishments throughout Prescott Valley, Prescott, Chino Valley, Paulden, Ash Fork, Seligman, Dewey-Humboldt, Mayer, Cordes Junction and Black Canyon City where they completed 90 underage buyer compliance checks with a total of 27 violations (30 percent), resulting in 58 criminal citations.
"By the end of 2011 we were seeing 7 or 8 percent failures by retailers, per CUB detail. It's a little disappointing to see the failure rate back up to 30 percent in the December 2012 details," said PVPD Detective James Tobin, who is also the chairman of the MATForce Underage Drinking Task Force. "We commend the retailers who passed the compliance checks and encourage those who failed to recommit themselves to checking ID on every alcohol purchase."
The details are designed to make sure that all establishments comply with state law, and the goal is to ensure they are not selling to underage buyers. Local law enforcement agencies plan more covert underage buyer details throughout 2013.
Officers also made three arrests for underage possession/consumption of alcohol and arrested a man with a felony arrest warrant.
"We ask that everyone play their part in keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors," Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney said. "Recent surveys indicate that the number one way young people under 21 get access to alcohol is from older friends and siblings."
Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to talk to young people about this subject and can get more information at www.azgohs.gov or www.matforce.org.