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More businesses cited in alcohol sting
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Forsyth County News

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has cited more businesses for selling alcohol to minors during the second sweep in two weeks.

Deputies on Friday checked 17 businesses, four of which failed, according to a news release from the agency.

The following were cited for selling alcohol to someone younger than 21: Shell No. 502 at 1520 Peachtree Pkwy.; Shell at 1510 McFarland Pkwy.; La Cazuela at 4090 Johns Creek Pkwy.; and Toscana at 4090 Johns Creek Pkwy.

Toscana also received a citation for not having an employee sales permit, which is a violation of a county ordinance.

Five other businesses were cited for underage sales during a sting March 21.

“Our compliance checks on businesses who sell alcohol will continue on a frequent basis,” said Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper. “We are striving to obtain 100 percent compliance on a regular basis from all county establishments licensed to furnish alcohol.”

As part of the checks, sheriff’s officials have said they will send in an underage person under the supervision of one or more undercover deputies to attempt to buy alcohol.

The “operatives” often are criminal justice students. When a citation is issued, the alcohol is returned to the store and a refund is provided.

In the wake of the recent violations, the agency is urging businesses to review their compliance and stress the importance of the matter to all employees.

Those cited will be required to appear in Magistrate Court to answer to the charges.

If found guilty, the businesses and employees will also be subject to county ordinance penalties, which can lead to suspension or loss of their business licenses or sales permits.

The county requires all people involved in selling or serving alcohol to obtain a server's license through the sheriff's office permits and ordinance unit, which is on the second floor at 475 Tribble Gap Road in Cumming.