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Three Scottsbluff businesses cited for selling alcohol to minors

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Law enforcement checked 85 on-and-off sale alcohol establishments throughout Scotts Bluff County on May 30th and 31st, with three of the businesses selling alcohol to minors.

El Tequila Night Club, Skyport Restaurant and Lounge, and Walgreens were cited for the sale to to a minor violation. This is the second violation by Walgreens in the past 13 months, according to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission.

"Repeatedly selling alcohol to minors is simply unacceptable," says Lanette Richards, project coordinator for Monument Prevention Coalition. "We're grateful to have the partnership with law enforcement to continue these efforts because it's one of the most effective strategies to reduce youth access to alcohol from a retail end."

Fourteen teens participated in the operation with an average age of 17. The cooperating individuals used their real I. D.'s during the compliance checks. The Gering and Scottsbluff Police Departments, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Department and Nebraska State Patrol conducted the checks in coordination with Monument Prevention Coalition.

"Over the years, our agency has remained committed to enforcing the underage drinking laws," says Investigator Tami Otto of the Nebraska State Patrol, "And we intend to continue prioritizing such operations to protect the public from the consequences of underage drinking."

The Nebraska Office of Highway Safety provided funding for the increased enforcement.
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