Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Alcohol sting nets 18 violations

Establishments sold booze to teenagers

Express Staff Writer

A police sting conducted Saturday in Blaine County found 18 businesses that sold alcohol to minors.

The sting, referred to by police as a "compliance check," was conducted by the Idaho State Police Alcohol Beverage Division with the assistance of police from Hailey, Sun Valley and Ketchum.

Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter said 32 establishments, including restaurants, convenience stores and bars, were checked for compliance. Police used three teenagers, ages 18 or 19, for the sting.

"They just went in and attempted to get alcohol," Gunter said.

The legal drinking age in Idaho is 21.

Of the 18 businesses that sold alcohol to the teenagers, eight were in Hailey, four were in Ketchum, four were in Bellevue, one was in Sun Valley and one was in Carey.

Gunter said the compliance check was part of a statewide effort being spearheaded by ISP under a federal grant.

He said the 18 businesses will receive "administrative violations" against their alcohol licenses.

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