Two cited for selling alcohol to 17-year-old

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies cited two clerks working at Gonzales-area convenience stores after they sold alcohol to a 17-year-old in an undercover sting, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Maj. Kevin Hanna said in a news release Wednesday that sheriff’s juvenile detectives, Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control agents and the undercover teen visited convenience stores on Ascension’s east and west banks of the Mississippi River on Tuesday to try to buy alcohol.

Clerks at the TNT Chevron, 35640 La. 30, Gonzales, and RaceTrac, 13474 La. 73, Gonzales, made illegal alcohol sales to the 17-year-old, Hanna said.

Danny Nguyen, 18, 16334 Coliseum Ave., Baton Rouge, a clerk at TNT Chevron, and Christopher Butler, 27, 1932 74th Ave., Baton Rouge, a clerk at RaceTrac, were given summonses on misdemeanor counts of unlawful sale to a person younger than 21, Hanna said.

The undercover sting is part of an ongoing operation. Sheriff’s deputies cited three other clerks Nov. 19 on similar counts after they sold alcohol to 17-year-olds.

State law prohibits retailers from selling alcohol to anyone younger than 21.