2017-06-16 / Front Page

Sanford stores cited for selling alcohol to minors


SANFORD — Three local businesses have been cited for selling alcohol to minors following compliance checks by Sanford Police Department last month. The compliance checks use an individual working undercover with the Police Department.

Deputy Police Chief Tim Strout said the compliance checks identified three businesses that were in violation of the state law: East Side Convenience Store, Sleeper’s Market, and Airport Variety.  He said the businesses did not request ID and sold to a minor who was acting as an agent for Sanford Police.

The businesses were issued a notice of an administrative violation citation, which was forwarded to the State of Maine Bureau of Public Safety Liquor Licensing Unit. Offenders could face a fine of up to $1,500 and have their liquor licenses suspended, Strout said.

The checks are conducted to ensure that licensed establishments are in compliance with Maine law regulating the sale of liquor to a minor and to assist the businesses with identifying employees who may benefit from free Responsible Seller/Server training offered by the Strategies for a Stronger Sanford and Partners for Healthier Communities, said Strout. He said the two agencies provided funding for the compliance checks.

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