JAMESTOWN – Three businesses in the Jamestown area were busted for selling alcohol to underage individuals as part of a recent joint efforts by state agencies to crack down on underage drinking during the month of April.
The New York State Liquor Authority and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles partnered with local law enforcement in conducting sweeps of locations holding liquor licenses, including bars, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores, looking for fake IDs and retailers who sell alcohol to minors.
Across the state, 851 businesses were visited and 186 were found to be selling to underage agents.
Of the 21 businesses in Chautauqua County that were targeted, three were found to have violated the law and sold alcohol to minors.
The included the Allen Street Grocery & Deli Mart and Robo in Jamestown, along with Don’s Car Wash in Lakewood.
Businesses charged with underage sales face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation, with fines starting from $2,500 to $3,000 for a first-time offense.