Tangipahoa retailers cited for selling alcohol to juveniles

More than 90 retailers in Tangipahoa Parish have been cited during the past year for the illegal sale of alcoholic beverages to persons under 21, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

As part of an ongoing investigation, detectives had juveniles working undercover visit numerous retail locations and attempt to purchase alcohol illegally, Sheriff Daniel Edwards said in a news release.

Nearly 500 undercover visits were conducted in the past 12 months.

“We are making progress,” Edwards said. “We see underage drinking and the purchasing of alcohol for underage consumption as a community-wide issue that will take the combined efforts of law enforcement and our community to combat.”

Alcohol licenses can be taken away from store owners who sell alcohol to minors or “persist in putting profits before the safety of our youth,” Edwards said.

Selling alcohol to a minor can result in a fine of up to $500 and up to $1,000 on the second offense. A store owner’s alcohol license can be revoked on a third offense.