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April 08, 2013FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Teens looking to score some easy booze are running out of options in Forsyth County as the sheriff's office stepped up compliance efforts.
In a span of two weeks, nine businesses including convenience stores and restaurants were cited after selling alcohol to minors.
"As prom season, graduation, and warmer weather approach, the Sheriff's Office sees an increase in incidents involving underage drinking," said Forsyth County Sheriff Duane K. Piper. "Ideally, an operation such as this would result in 100 percent compliance from all businesses."
On March 21, five business were cited out of 18 checked, including Food Mart No.3, 6045 Atlanta Highway, Rio Balsas, 1495 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming Food Mart, 3275 Dahlonega Highway, Walgreens, 3290 Keith Bridge Road, and for the second time in two years, Chevron, 4325 Browns Bridge Road.
Again on March 29, deputies hit the streets to make sure businesses were compliant. This time 17 business were checked and four failed, including Shell No.502, 1520 Peachtree Parkway; La Cazuela, 4090 Johns Creek Parkway; Toscana, 4090 Johns Creek Parkway and Shell,1510 McFarland Parkway.
Those who sold alcohol to the underage buyers were cited for county law, which states that it is unlawful for a person to sell alcohol to persons under the age of 21, said Forsyth County Sheriff's Sgt. Josh Watson, supervisor of the ordinance and permits unit.
Those cited will appear in Magistrate Court to answer to the charges.
"Our compliance checks on businesses who sell alcohol will continue on a frequent basis", Piper said.
Piper said the increased focus on compliance checks is part of the sheriff's office restructuring in Feb. 20.
"We have units combining resources and knowledge to assist in such operations," Piper said.
Business need to review their compliance and stress the importance to all employees, Piper said.
The county requires all individuals involved in selling or serving alcohol to obtain a server's license through the Sheriff's Office Permits and Ordinance Unit located on the 2nd floor of 475 Tribble Gap Rd.
This article was published in the Forsyth Herald April 10, 2013 edition
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