Forty-one out of 54 businesses visited over the weekend during an underage enforcement operation properly checked IDs and refused to sell alcohol and tobacco to minors in Collier County.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office operation focused on area convenience stores, drug stores, liquor stores and grocery stores. It was preceded by educational operations meant to help businesses and their employees become aware of their legal responsibilities when selling alcohol and tobacco.
CCSO periodically conducts similar operations in an effort to prevent alcohol from falling into the hands of those who are not yet 21 years old and to assure that businesses are not selling tobacco products to anyone younger than 18.
A total of 54 stores were visited during Friday night’s operation. Eleven store clerks were issued a notice to appear in court on charges of selling alcohol to a minor. Two store clerks were given warnings for selling tobacco to a minor.
“We will continue these types of operations to ensure the safety of our community’s youth,” Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said.