Only 1 of 11 Liquor Merchants in Calvert Sell to Minor in Recent Test

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (Feb. 22, 2008)—Only one of eleven liquor-selling establishments recently tested in Calvert County failed by selling alcohol to an underage, undercover police informant. The underage compliance checks were conducted by the Calvert County Sheriff's Office on Feb. 13 and 19.

Merchants fared far better this time than in previous operations. Five out of ten stores tested on Jan 15 failed. The merchants tested this month were not the same ones tested in January.

The checks are accomplished by sending underage informant into a business to attempt to buy alcohol. Establishments which do not check the informant's government-issued identification to verify that they are twenty-one or older and in turn sell them alcohol are reported to the Liquor Board. The Board holds a hearing the 4th Thursday of each month to determine the consequence to the business.

The one business which failed the test and sold alcohol to the underage informant (failed the compliance check) is Market Place Wine & Spirits of Dunkirk on Feb. 13.

The ten businesses which checked the underage informant's identification and refused sale (passed the compliance check) are:

-- Peking Liquors, Chesapeake Beach, on Feb. 13

-- McKneall’s Liquors, Owings, on Feb. 13

-- R&J Liquors, Dunkirk, on Feb. 13

-- Jun & Sons Market, Dunkirk, on Feb. 13

-- Jasper’s Grille, Prince Frederick, on Feb. 19

-- Greene Turtle, Prince Frederick, on Feb. 19

-- Skores Bar & Grille, Prince Frederick, on Feb. 19

-- Ruby Tuesday, Prince Frederick, on Feb. 19

-- Lord Calvert Bowl, Huntingtown, on Feb. 19

-- Harmony Bar & Grille, Owings, on Feb. 19


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