Police Sting Cleveland Shops Over Sales To Minors


CLEVELAND, MS (Ben Caxton) — Investigators with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Division teamed up with the Cleveland Police Department to conduct alcohol and beer compliance checks in Cleveland which resulted in the issuance of five citations for selling alcohol or tobacco to minors and five citations issued to minors in possession of alcohol. The Attorney General said, “Retailers who choose to sell alcohol and tobacco to minors are sending a message to our youth that it is acceptable to break the law.” Just four Cleveland area businesses garnered the ten citations for violations of the law. Five of the violations occurred at “On the Rocks” at 717 East Sunflower Road. “Z-Mart” at 210 North MLK Drive was cited three times. The Cleveland Gas Mart and Super Save No. 18 had one violation each. On the positive side, no violations were found during the checks at “Hey Joe’s,” “61 Beer & Tobacco,” “Dodge’s Store,” “Andy’s Quick Stop,” or “The Pickled Okra.” Police Chief “Buster” Bingham warned retailers that selling to minors comes with stiff fines to the state, and if the sales continue jail time and a loss of licenses to sell are a possibility.



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