Police crack down on underage drinking
Members of La Porte Police Department's Street Crimes" unit recently conducted surveillance and sting operations on several convenience stores within La Porte to locate any businesses possibly selling alcoholic beverages to minors.
A total of 22 convenience store locations were assessed throughout the city, using underage informants who were being observed by undercover La Porte Police Officers.
The operations uncovered two separate businesses where clerks, operating the front counter of each store, allegedly sold alcohol to the minors.
Under Texas law a minor, for purposes of alcohol-related offenses, is any person under the age of 21, which is the minimum drinking age.
The involved clerks were subsequently identified and charged with the crime of Selling Alcohol to a Minor, which is a Class A misdemeanor which is punishable by up to a $4,000 fine and one year in jail.
Additionally, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has been made aware of each dispensing convenience stores role in the offense and may take administrative action against the involved businesses.
For more information, call 281-471-2141 or visit the department's Web site at www.laportetx.gov/gov/police.