Two stores make underage beer sales

Team Radio Marketing Group - June 26, 2017 11:18 am

Friday evening, Ponca City Police officers, working with teens from out of town, attempted to make underage beer and alcohol buys from local businesses.

Compliance was great with the exception of two stores.

The teens, a boy and girl age 15, and a woman age 18, were able to buy beer from a clerk at the Travel Plaza located at 14th Street and Shirlee. The other beer purchase was made at the Dollar General, located at 801 West Grand Avenue. The clerks at both businesses were issued citations to appear in Municipal Court for the sale of beer to a minor.

The businesses that did not sell to underage persons on Friday were: Old West Liquor, Wal-Mart, Valero at Union and Hartford, Oscar and Essie’s, Stop N Go at Union and Prospect, Conoco 14th Street and Hartford, Food Pyramid North 14thStreet, Ponca City Discount Foods, Dollar General 2902 North 14th Street, Dollar General 729 North 14th Street, Plaza Wine and Spirits, On Cue and Waverly and South Avenue, Valero at 4th Street and South Avenue, Food Pyramid at 4th Street and South Avenue, The Bottle Shop, Citgo Short Stop at Oak and Grand Avenue, Citgo Short Stop at 2nd Street and Highland Avenue, Citgo Short Stop at Elm and Highland Avenue, Valero Express at 2500 East Lake Road, Lamp Post Liquor, and Highland Spirits.

This effort is part of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health’s initiative targeting underage alcohol use 2M2L Too Much To Lose.

Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and substance abuse services program 2M2L targets communities throughout the state. The 2 Much 2 Lose (2M2L) project aims to decrease underage drinking and related social problems, decrease youth access to alcohol through retail and social sources, increase community-level support for environmental change, and increase youth-driven prevention activities.

The project’s comprehensive plan includes law enforcement training and technical assistance, community mobilization, strategic partnership development, youth leadership development, alcohol retailer training, interagency collaboration, and media advocacy.

The last controlled beer and alcohol purchase operation was on April 10 in Ponca City. At that time six local business sold beer and two sold liquor to teens.


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