In the wake of another sweep, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is reminding merchants licensed to sell alcohol to review the local ordinance with their employees.
During the most recent sting, conducted Wednesday, four of the 20 businesses checked sold alcohol to someone younger than 21.
The following businesses were cited: Chevron in Lakeland Plaza; Walgreens, 1650 Buford Highway; and Asian Table and Los Rios, both at 2950 Buford Highway.
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.
It was the third sweep in less than two months by the sheriff’s office. Nine businesses were cited for underage sales last month.
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.
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.