Sting in Spokane targets underage liquor sales

Sting in Spokane targets underage liquor sales

Sting in Spokane targets underage liquor sales

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by WHITNEY WARD & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 7:22 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Liquor Control Board is targeting stores who are selling liquor to underage people.

Every month the Liquor Control Board Compliance Officers take a real-teenager, use his real id and put stores that sell beer, wine, and booze to the a test.

KREM 2 followed these officers and the teenager to 10 different locations across the city.

The City Food on W. Third was the only location that sold the alcohol to the minor.

Officials said this happens about 5% of the time during the undercover buys but in reality it's probably happening more than that. They said that since January, 46 stores have sold to minors.

The penalty for the clerks who sell to minors is being charged with a gross misdemeanor which is up to a $5,000 fine and/or a year in jail.

The store is only allowed 4 mistakes in two years and if there are more mistakes the store will lose their liquor license.

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