The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) today announced the results of an underage sting operation conducted on January 19, 2022 in Oneida County. SLA investigators, working with the New York State Police and an underage agent, conducted an underage-drinking operation visiting twelve licensed premises. In total, the undercover agent was able to purchase alcohol at three of the twelve businesses visited.
The businesses selling to minors were:
- Delta Liquors, 8603 Upper Turin Rd, Rome
- Sunoco, 1400 E. Dominick St, Rome
- BM Food Mart, 400 W. Dominick St, Rome
The business refusing to sell to minors was:
- Stewarts Shops, 9128 Turin Rd, Rome
- Nice and Easy Shop, 8709 Turin Rd, Rome
- Turin Road Mart, 8199 Turin Rd, Rome
- Cliffs Local Mart, 7823 Rome-Westernville Rd, Rome
- 3A's Bloomfield Market, 104 E. Bloomfield St, Rome
- Bostwick Liquors, 137 W. Dominick St, Rome
- Quick and Easy Shop, 300 E. Bloomfield St, Rome
- West Dominick Market, 418 W. Dominick St, Rome
- Sunoco, 6787 Martin St, Rome
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 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 decoys work under the direct supervision of SLA Beverage Control Investigators.