The Bastrop Police Department wrote six more convenience store employees arrests summons last Friday for selling alcohol to underage customers – totaling 12 arrest in two months.
“We’re still periodically checking the stores [for people selling alcohol to minors] to prevent underage drinking,” said Chief Downey Black.
In April, six people were given arrest summons for the same crime – unlawful sale of alcohol to a person under the age of 21.
This month, the employees that were cited for unlawful sale of alcohol to persons under 21 were employed at:
-Spirit Stop & Save
“If they violate the law, we issue an arrest summons,” Black said. “They’re not taken to jail.”
In April, Black told the Enterprise that the police department received a grant for $5,000 from the Alcohol and Tobacco Control agency on Jan. 30, which was to be used to address underage drinking.
“Part of this grant was used to aid in additional time and manpower to carry out these routine checks,” he said. “They want us to help them curb underage drinking and other illegal activities.”
Black said Monday that it was not uncommon for them to conduct these random checks.
“We’ve done this more than once or twice,” Black said. “Not everybody sold [to an underage buyer.] You don’t hear about the ones in compliance.”
City court clerk Beth Freeman told the Enterprise in April that the fines for this crime are punishable up to $500.
“The judge determines the fine in court,” she said. “It’s based on the circumstances and everything surrounding it.”