Undercover Sweep Targets Underage Alcohol Sales In North Escambia
July 13, 2010
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and investigators from the Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (ABT) Bureau of Law Enforcement teamed up yesterday for an undercover enforcement sweep in North Escambia targeting the sale of alcohol to minors.
The operation included the check of 17 establishments licensed to sell alcoholic beverages from Kingsfield Road north to Molino. Clerks at 16 of the 17 establishments refused to sell alcohol to a 17-year old operative, but one did.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office says alcohol was sold to the undercover 17-year old at the Beer Tobacco and More, Inc. at 500B North Highway 29 in Cantonment. The business is located next to, but not affiliated with, Porky’s Pizza.
The store clerk, 73-year old Edward Amasom, was issued a criminal citation but not taken into custody.
Under Florida law, it is a crime to sell, give or serve alcohol to a person under the age of 21. A violation of this law is a second degree misdemeanor and carries a maximum prison sentence of 60 days in jail, a $500 fine and the possible loss of driving privileges.