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18 businesses investigated in undercover operation into underage alcohol, vape sales

This weekend the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office announced the results of a series of undercover investigations into underage alcohol and vape sales at businesses around Forsyth County. 

According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, over the course of the weekend 10 businesses were targeted by the investigation, with only one allegedly selling alcohol to a minor.

“This is one of the best ones we have had,” Rainwater said. “To have nine out of 10 businesses pass is just remarkable.”

Rainwater said that the Valero station at 4325 Browns Bridge Road in Cumming was the one business that was cited for selling to an underage person. 

A press release by the sheriff’s office listed that the nine other businesses involved in the investigation included Leon’s Food Market at 5410 Matt Hwy; Cork and Barrel at 5525 Bannister Road; BP Gas Station at 5430 Bannister Road; Chevron at 3275 Dahlonega Highway; Walmart at 3655 Browns Bridge Road; Mobil Gas Station at 3715 Browns Bridge Road; Sunoco Gas Station at 3845 Browns Bridge Road; Publix at 3480 Keith Bridge Road; and Package Place at 3084 Keith Bridge Road.

Rainwater said that earlier in May, the sheriff’s office performed an undercover operation on eight vape stores within the county and found that half of them did not ask for identification when buying adult products. 

The release states that the businesses checked included Peachtree Vapor at 3455 Peachtree Parkway; Hotbox Smoke Shop & Lounge at 6225 Atlanta Highway; Odysseus Vapor at 5155 Atlanta Highway; Heads of Smoke Shop at 2325 Atlanta Highway; Vapors Emporium at 655 Atlanta Highway; Cumming Marathon at 502 Lakeland Plaza; Aagnee Food Mart at 3671 Hutchinson Road; Smart Stop at 1739 Buford Highway at Cruise Marketplace.

“After each attempt and subsequent refusal, our deputies met with the clerk and store manager. We explained the operation and expressed our gratitude of those businesses who did not sell to those under 21,” the release states. 

Rainwater said that the vape stores that were in violation have not been identified because they are still in the process of appealing their case to the county.