RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Detectives from the Regional Street Enforcement Team (SET) conducted an underage alcohol compliance operation at several Reno convenience and liquor stores Thursday night. According to a press release sent by RPD, Several of the businesses were checked in response to citizen’s complaints to the Reno Police department about alcohol being sold to minors and previous failures during a similar operation.
Serving alcohol to a minor and allowing a minor into a saloon are both misdemeanors, with a pre-designated fine of $500.00.
Two 20-year-old and three 19-year-old volunteers attempted to purchase alcohol at 22 different locations during this operation. While 17 of those businesses refused to sell alcohol to the minors, five did sell alcohol to the minors.
The following businesses failed the operation and were issued citations for sales of alcohol to a minor.
-7-11 located at 1770 Sutro St.
-Speedway Market located at 1400 E. Peckham Ln.
-Daily Market located at 75 E. Patriot Blvd.
-Corner Mini Mart located at 1775 Mill St.
-Sharma Mart located at 504 Denslowe Dr. –
The minors possessed their actual state issued identifications which identified them as being under the age of 21. If asked by the employees for identification, the volunteers provided their real identification -- this is typical of all alcohol compliance checks.
This compliance check was funded entirely by federal grant funds secured by RPD's community partner Join Together Northern Nevada (JTNN). The Regional Street Enforcement team is comprised of Detectives from the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, and the University of Nevada Police Department.