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Underage Teens Get Ready For Alcohol Sting

May 12, 2014, 6:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Underage Teens Get Ready For Alcohol Sting

The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office conducts two liquor stings each year to see who is selling alcohol to underage buyers.  The last time officers conducted an alcohol compliance check, nine establishments failed, which was a lot according to the sheriff's office.

Last week, KELOLAND News got to ride along with deputies and their undercover teen buyers in another liquor sting as they went from establishment to establishment.

"You've all been given your list of places to go and provided with money to go in and buy," Minnehaha County Deputy Sheriff Mike Walsh said.

The sheriff's office enlisted the help of two 18 year olds to help with this alcohol compliance check.

Before the two teens and their assigned deputies head out, they're given a safety briefing and instructions on what to do and what not to do.

"When you go in these places, I want you to select some alcohol and go up to the cash register at the convenience store or the counter in a bar and attempt to buy those things," Walsh said.

The sheriff's office says these compliance checks are to ensure workers at retailers that sell alcohol are doing their jobs and keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors. 

The undercover operation isn't meant to harass anyone and investigators aren't trying to be deceitful. 

"If they ask for your I.D., give them your I.D.  If they ask your age, tell them how old you are.  Don't lie to them; be honest with them.  Ensure you get your I.D. back if you get carded," Walsh said.  "Keep an eye on who the clerk is if they sell to you or if they don't sell to you."

Lastly, the deputies warn the underage buyers not to get into any confrontations with anyone inside the establishment.

"Do you have any questions? Detectives, any questions? Okay, that's it," Walsh said.

The sheriff's office says the timing of this latest liquor sting is crucial because of high school graduations. You can see the results of the latest sting on Monday night's Eye on KELOLAND at Ten.

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