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C-6 Officers Target Underage Liquor Sales
By Sergeant William Meade, Community Services BPD C-6

     On Friday, June 30, 2006 Captain Paul Russell, Commander of the Boston Police District C-6 coordinated efforts between Sgt. Detective Jim Cullity and members of the Community Service Office during OPERATION BOTTLENECK.  This was an undercover operation designed to target the selling of alcoholic beverages to minors in efforts to reduce underage drinking and the harmful effects it has on our youth.

     During the evening hours, law enforcement personnel visited 12 liquor stores and tested the their procedures for identifying persons who were known, at least to the police, to be underage.  Of the 12 stores visited, 10 liquor stores met and abided by state regulations governing the sale of alcohol to minors.  The remaining two stores failed to meet the requirements.  They were summonsed to South Boston District Court for a hearing to answer the charges for the sale of alcohol to a minor.  These two stores were also issued license premise violations and will be brought before the City of Boston's Licensing Board at a future date.  At the conclusion of the operation, the stores that complied with the state laws were visited by a member of the C-6 Community Service Office.  They were informed of the undercover operation and congratulated on their due diligence.

     The following stores were in violation:

          1.  Bayview Liquors, 108 Dorchester St.

          2.  Julie's Wine and Spirits, 295 Old Colony Ave.

     This operation will continue in the future and will be expanded to include the various bars and taverns in the South Boston neighborhood.  In partnership with South Boston CAN headed by Kay Walsh, the Boston Police Department urges all parents to have an open dialogue with their children on the dangers of drug and alcohol use.  Should any parent need advice on how to talk to their child about this issue, please call Kay Walsh at the South Boston Action Center at 1-617-269-5160 or a member of the C-6 Community Service Office at 1-617-343-4747.



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