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Cochise Co. businesses cited for selling alcohol to minors

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Posted at 1:45 PM, Aug 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-26 16:52:08-04

The Southeastern Arizona DUI Task Force has has cited employees as five businesses in Cochise County as part of a Covert Underage Buyers Detail operation, according to a news release from the Sierra Vista Department.

SVPD says the task force worked in cooperation with the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety and the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses Control on Saturday August 20. 

The task force targeted 32 businesses in the Whetstone, Bisbee, Tombstone, Benson and Sierra Vista areas based off of previous enforcement on complaints from citizens, liquor violations and other factors. 

Deputies from the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, four teams of Sierra Vista police officers and underage volunteers who attempted to purchase alcohol all assisted with the operation. 

SVPD says the following businesses sold alcohol to the underage volunteers and were charged appropriately:

  • Conoco Gas Station                                101 Ruppe Ave., Bisbee   
  • Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant               1 Howell Ave., Bisbee                  
  • Four Deuces Saloon                                101 S. 3rd Street, Tombstone                   
  • Shell Gas Station                                      2222 N. Hwy 90, Whetstone                    
  • Giant Shell Gas Station                           104 E. 4th Street, Benson           

SVPD says the remaining businesses acted appropriately by checking the underage volunteer's ID which indicated they were under 21 years of age.