PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police conduct undercover alcohol compliance operation, three businesses in violation

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department’s District Coordinator Unit recently conducted an undercover alcohol compliance operation. The four hour operation took place Wednesday evening. Officers were looking for violations of sales to individuals under the age of 21. Establishments included those that sell packaged liquor and restaurants that serve alcohol. Three businesses were found to be in violation: Walmart on West Main Street, Red Lobster and Olive Garden. The Farmington Police Department appreciates the vast majority of businesses that were in compliance with the law. “These laws were established to help keep our youth safe. We commend the businesses that are doing their part to ensure young people are not gaining access to alcohol,” explained Sgt. Chad Byers.

Businesses that served to minors during the operation will receive an administrative citation from the New Mexico State Police Special Investigation Division. Servers and cashiers who were in violation will be summoned to court. The first offense for a certified alcohol server is a misdemeanor. The Farmington Police Department will continue to conduct these types of operations to ensure businesses are not selling alcohol to minors. The District Coordinator Unit is available to assist establishments in training their personnel on underage sales to minors.