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Police Bust 13 Businesses for Selling Alcohol to Minors

Stores in Odenton, Severn and Gambrills were among those that could face fines following a two-month investigation.

Stores in Odenton, Severn and Gambrills have been identified as having sold alcohol to minors, following a crackdown by Anne Arundel County police. 

Police say they have identified a total of 13 businesses following a two-month operation intended to reduce the number of businesses that are non-compliant with alcohol sales laws.

Police used minors to attempt to purchase alcohol at 47 businesses in the county, 34 of which properly asked to see identification and refused to make the sales.

Included on the list are the Hops and Vines store in Piney Orchard, the Wine Box on Annapolis Road, both the store and bar known as The Place, on Telegraph Road. 

Ye Old Farm Spirits in Severn and Village Wine and Spirits in Gambrills also made the list. 

According to police, the following businesses allegedly did sell alcohol to minors:

  • The Place Liquor Store, Odenton
  • The Place, Odenton
  • Hops and Vines, Odenton
  • The Wine Box, Odenton
  • Ye Olde Farm Spirits, Severn
  • Village Wine and Spirits, Gambrills
  • Arundel Mills Wine and Spirits, Hanover
  • Turner Liquors, Pasadena
  • Frank's Den, Glen Burnie
  • John's General Store, Pasadena
  • Northway Liquors, Millersville
  • Staples Corner Liquors, Crofton
  • Jackie's Liquors, Maryland City

Police are following up on alleged violators, and the 13 businesses could face fines or even closure.

In addition to the business sales, officers increased surveillance in the parking lots of the businesses, resulting in several arrests for alcohol possession offenses, drug offenses and warrants.

Operation Selective Alcohol Violation Enforcement (SAVE) was funded by a grant from the Anne Arundel County Health Department.

Calique January 07, 2013 at 08:27 PM
"word" has it?? The "buzz"? Care to cite sources? These tests are nothing new---they are a routine procedure to make sure that liquor stores are doing what they are supposed to.
USA January 07, 2013 at 10:47 PM
I am sure you are running for County Executive this year!!!
USA January 07, 2013 at 10:51 PM
But they are ready for War..so Let them be children and experience adult things when they are adults while they are in WAR..:-)
radarradar January 08, 2013 at 06:51 PM
http://www.idscanner.com/id/drivers-license-scanner/id-checkers-protect-state-liquor-raids/
Bob Tonucci January 10, 2013 at 06:07 PM
I don't know how small business owners survive, Everyone's trying to eat them alive: The government always wants more revenue, Employees stand around like there's nothing to do, Customers complain at the slightest provocation--- Small business owners: unsung heroes of the nation!

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