The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) today announced the results of an underage sting operation conducted on September 12, 2022 in Niagara County. SLA investigators, working with the New York State Police and an underage agent, conducted an underage-drinking operation visiting eight licensed premises. In total, the undercover agent was able to purchase alcohol at three of the eight businesses visited.
The businesses alleged to have sold to a minor were:
- The Wine & Liquor Outlet
5900 South Transit Rd, Lockport
- Lincoln Square Liquors
1177 Lincoln Ave, Lockport
7953 Rochester Rd, Gasport
The businesses refusing to sell to a minor were:
- Dollar General Store #8183
5921 S Transit Rd, Lockport
- Rite Aid Pharmacy #3496
6616 Lincoln Ave, Lockport
- Oears Inc.
7726 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Lockport
- Dollar General Store #19579
1895 Quaker Rd, Barker
1651 Quaker Rd, Barker
Licensees charged by the SLA with underage sales face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation, with fines starting from $2,500 to $4,000 for a first-time offense. Repeat offenders also face possible suspension, cancellations, or revocation of their licenses. In addition, employees or licensees who sell to minors can be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. Persons under the age of 21 found to be using fake IDs or false documents with the intent of purchasing alcohol can be arrested and have their license revoked for a minimum of 90 days or up to one year. Undercover agents work under the direct supervision of SLA Beverage Control Investigators.