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Twelve area businesses busted in alcohol sting
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    Employees at a dozen local retailers sold alcoholic beverages this week to underage buyers, and law enforcement officers were there to nab offenders as they conducted a compliance check.
    Statesboro Police Capt. L. C. Williams said Friday officers with the Georgia Department of Alcohol and Tobacco Division and Georgia Underage Alcohol Compliance Task Force paid visits Tuesday and Wednesday to 46 area businesses that sell alcohol.
    "This compliance check was held at the request of the Statesboro Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division," he said. Williams is the division commander.
    Clerks and cashiers, as well as wait staff at area restaurants, are required by law to check identification of those asking to purchase alcoholic beverages. If someone sells alcohol to an underage person, they can be arrested.
    Employees of 12 local retailers did not do so and sold alcoholic beverages to undercover - and underage - agents, he said.
    The businesses with employees that did not comply with the law were: Timesaver #40, The Wine Cellar at H's Food Mart; Gary's Food Mart, Wal-Mart Supercenter, Flash Foods #251, Fast & Easy #1, Fast & Easy #2, Jerry's Minit Mart and Harvey's Supermarket #74,  Longhorn Steakhouse, El Sombrero (Northside Drive), and Turtle's, Williams said.
    "The operation was headed up by Assistant Special Agent in charge Ronald Huckaby of the Georgia Revenue Department," he said. "Statesboro Police Det. Robert Bryan was the investigator assigned  ... to assist this operation."
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