Reno, Nev (KRNV & MYNEWS4.COM)-- On Friday, June 13, 2014 detectives from the Regional Street Enforcement Team (SET) conducted an underage alcohol compliance operation at several Reno convenience stores. This operation was initiated to coincide with the end of the Washoe County School year and encourage diligence in not selling alcohol to subjects under 21 as the summer break begins. Several of the businesses were checked in response to citizen’s complaints to the Reno police department about alcohol being sold to minors.
One 20 year old and two 19 year old volunteers attempted to purchase alcohol at twenty three different locations. Seventeen of those businesses refused to sell alcohol to the minors, while six sold alcohol to the minors.
The following locations were checked and PASSED the compliance check by refusing to sell alcohol to the minors:
-Tronix Bar located at 340 Kietzke Ln.
-Jackson’s located at 600 N. Wells Ave.
-Valley Market located at 505 Denslowe Dr
- Pine Food & Spirits located at 190 S. Center St.
-7-11 located at 1770 Sutro St.
-Go Mart located at 1755 Sutro St.
-Zippy Mart located at 1690 Evans Ave.
-7-11 located at 1665 N. Virginia St.
-Fast Mart located at 3693 N. McCarran Blvd.
-AM/PM located at 2002 Sierra Highlands Ave.
-Jackson’s Food Mart located at 2001 S. Virginia St.
-Town Liquor located at 2640 S. Virginia St.
-7-11 located at 3085 S. Virginia St.
-Ballpark Market located at 125 W. Moana Ln.
-7-11 located at 3491 Lakeside Dr.
-Grab ‘N’ Go located at 1800 W. 4th St.
-AM/PM located at 1390 S. Virginia St.
The Reno police department would like to thank those businesses who passed this operation for their diligence in ensuring only individuals of legal age are sold alcohol.
The following businesses FAILED the operation and were issued citation(s) for the listed charges:
-Kahn & Sons located at 2005 Sierra Highlands Dr. - Sales of alcohol to minor
-7-11 located at 4995 W. 7th St. - Sales of alcohol to minor
-Citi Gas located at 1000 S. Center St. – Sales of alcohol to minor
-Sam and Son Market located at 895 S. Virginia St. - Sales of alcohol to minor
-Discount Food and Liquor located at 600 S. Virginia St. - Sales of alcohol to minor
-Quicke Mart#2 located at 777 S. Virginia St. - Sales of alcohol to minor
As is the case in all alcohol compliance checks, the minors possessed their actual state issued identifications which clearly identified them as being under the age of 21. If asked by the employees for identification, the volunteers provided their real identification.
This compliance check was funded entirely by federal grant funds which were secured by our community partner; Join Together Northern Nevada (JTNN).
The Reno police department and JTNN would like to extend our appreciation and publicly recognize all of the passing businesses.
The Reno police department, the City of Reno, and Join Together Northern Nevada have worked closely with local businesses to create a partnership while educating employees about the dangers in serving or selling alcohol to minors.
Serving alcohol to a minor and allowing a minor into a saloon are both misdemeanors, with a pre-designated fine of $500.00.