UPDATE (May 23, 2016):
An owner of one of the 16 establishments cited for selling alcohol to a person under 21 in Raleigh County, Saturday is speaking out.
One of the businesses on that list is Tobacco Town in Beaver, which also sells beer and wine. Chase Boggs, Tobacco Town owner, says his store will not be making the same alleged mistake again.
“It’s Tobacco Town’s first offense in over 10 years,” Boggs says. “We take pride here at the store not to sell beer or tobacco to minors. But Saturday night we made a mistake, and I bet you it will not happen again.”
All clerks or servers who sold alcohol illegally face charges of selling alcohol to a person under 21. The businesses could also face more penalties from the Alcohol Beverage Control Administration.
Saturday evening, the Beckley Police Department and Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the ABCA to conduct an underage alcohol sting throughout the county.
82 establishments were visited during the sting. Underage buyers were instructed by police to try buying alcohol with their actual underage ID, that clearly states “Under 21.” Officers say that at no time was deception used to trick clerks, buyers were told to leave the store if they were denied.
17 establishments are now facing charges of illegally selling alchohol to a person under the age of 21. They are:
Robin’s Spot in Beckley, Tobacco Town in Beaver, Little General on Stanaford Road, The Dish Cafe in Daniels, Cornerstone Galaxy IGA in Daniels, Go Mart on Harper Road, Bone’s Cartoon Club, Sheets in Mount Hope, Muncheez Bar and Grill, Food Lion on N. Eisenhower, Chili’s Bar and Grill also on N. Eisenhower, Olive Garden in Beckley, Little General in Beckley, and One Stop on N. Eisenhower.