PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police are working to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department recently conducted an underage drinking operation aimed at preventing the sale of alcohol to minors. The operation took place earlier this month over a five-hour period and was facilitated by FPD’s District Coordinator Unit. Only one of 18 businesses where minors, working in conjunction with FPD, tried to purchase alcohol were in non-compliance with the New Mexico Liquor Control Act. Businesses visited during the operation included seven package liquor stores and 11 restaurants. The Farmington Police Department would like to commend the 17 businesses that followed the law and properly handled attempted alcohol purchases by minors.

 

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.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police conduct undercover alcohol compliance operation

Farmington, NM – Farmington Police Department recently partnered with the New Mexico Department of Safety to conduct an undercover alcohol compliance operation. The focus was to determine if alcohol retailers were requesting proper identification and refusing to sell to individuals under the age of 21. The operation took place on January 28. Thirteen clerks in various stores throughout Farmington were contacted by minors attempting to purchase alcohol. Only one clerk sold to a minor. The store was administratively cited and the clerk will be issued a court summons.

The clerks who did not sell to the minors will receive a written thank you from FPD for taking the time to properly identify the individual and his or her age. The Farmington Police Department will conduct similar operations in the future in an effort to raise awareness and make alcohol accessibility to minors more difficult. The department wants to encourage sales personnel to take the appropriate time needed to confirm the purchaser is of legal age. The Farmington Police District Coordinator Unit is available to provide training to retailers regarding alcohol sales.