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Reference: Compliance Checks for 4-28-05

Date of Release: 4-28-05

As part of their ongoing efforts to prohibit underage access to alcohol the Portsmouth Police Department conducted an alcohol compliance check initiative. During compliance check initiatives underage volunteers are sent into licensed businesses while being observed by plain-clothes police officers. If an employee provides or sells alcohol to the volunteer the officer will issue the employee a summons for Prohibited Sales, a class “A” misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail and/or a $2,000 fine. The NH Liquor Commission is also notified and may also take administrative action against the business. During the initiative conducted on 4-28-05 seven stores were checked and four sold alcohol. The following businesses did not sell alcohol:
The Cabot Street Market
Mobil on The Run (Islington St.)
The Exit 3 Truck Stop

The Following businesses did sell alcohol:
Hannaford’s at the Pic n Pay Plaza
Gary’s Beverage
Islington Street Sunoco
The Kwik Stop Mobil on Lafayette Road

Today’s initiative is part of an on-going and extensive strategy developed by the Portsmouth Police Department that targets underage access to alcohol.

Anybody with information concerning underage access to alcohol is encouraged to call The Alcohol Tip Line at 766-4847.

The Alcohol Tip Line is sponsored by Crime Stoppers and serves the towns of Rye, Greenland, Eliot, Kittery, New Castle and Portsmouth. Callers may remain anonymous.

Prepared by Sergeant Mike Schwartz


 Emergency Dial 911, Portsmouth Police Department, 3 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Tel: (603) 427-1500