CALIFORNIA, Md. (January 24, 2011) Three of six businesses, in the Lexington Park area, tested by police on January 5, failed and sold alcohol to an underage, undercover buyer, according to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office. The legal drinking age in Maryland is 21.
C-Stone, Canopy Liquors, and Corner Liquors are the three businesses that failed the compliance test. 2000 Liquors, Twist Wine & Spirits, and ABC Liquor & Lounge were also tested and found to be in compliance with the law.
The investigation is continuing and criminal charges may be pending, say police. Conviction for violations of alcoholic beverage laws could lead to fines against the employee who made the sale and/or the suspension of the business's liquor license.
"Local businesses and their employees are the first line of defense in the battle against underage drinking," said Captain Steven Hall, Commander of Special Operations Division. "I would like to acknowledge those establishments who are in compliance for their continued efforts in making St. Mary's County a safer and healthier environment for our youth."
The sales compliance investigation was conducted by the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Alcohol Enforcement Coordinator and C-SAFE Deputy.
Compliance Investigations are made possible by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP).