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Sweep of businesses finds six alcohol violations
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Forsyth County News

FORSYTH COUNTY — Six of 28 businesses checked by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office during a recent sweep sold alcohol to someone younger than 21.

According to the sheriff’s office, Golden Palace and Los Maguey, both on Bethelview Road, and Ingles, Smart Stop, Los Rios and Chevron stores on Buford Highway (Hwy. 20) were cited.

The Chevron had to be closed Wednesday night, as the lone employee operating the store did not have a license to sell alcohol. The store reopened Thursday morning.

“If you sell alcohol, you always have to have somebody on the scene that has a permit or a license,” said Doug Rainwater, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

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.

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.