Officers cited seven area businesses for selling alcohol to an under-age person during a police sting last week, according to the Annapolis Police Department.
A 20-year-old Maryland State Police cadet visited 25 businesses in Annapolis on Sept. 20 and attempted to purchase alcohol as part a liquor compliance inspection. Detective Amy Miguez said, the cadet was not permitted to lie about her age or present false identification.
At the Mexican Cafe on Melvin Avenue the cadet and an officer sat down at a table and both ordered a Coors Light. According to the police report, the server brought the two beers without checking ID, and the officer cited the establishment for the violation.
At Lighthouse Wine and Spirits a clerk asked for ID, and the cadet presented her real license showing she was underage. The report states that the clerk sold her a box of Franzia Wine anyway and the store was cited.
Miguez said officers conduct these types of checks on area businesses quarterly to ensure they are complying with the laws.
The seven businesses will now have to appear before the Alcohol Beverage Control Board at its meeting next month. They each face a fine not to exceed $2,000 and the possible suspension or revocation of their liquor licenses.
Police reports show the following businesses were cited for selling to a minor:
- Annebeth's on Maryland Avenue
- Capital Liquors on West Street
- Scott Brothers Wine and Spirits on Bay Ridge Road
- Lighthouse Wine and Spirits on West Street
- Cafe Normandie on Main Street
- India's on West Street
- Mexican Cafe on Melvin Avenue
Police reports show the following businesses passed their inspection:
- Annapolis Wine and Spirits
- Forest Drive Liquors
- Parole Liquors
- West Street Liquors
- Gritz Liquors
- Dock Shop
- Roccos Pizzeria
- Bay Ridge Wine and Spirits
- Osteria 177
- Boatyard Bar and Grill
- Red Red Wine Bar
- Davis' Pub
- Galway Bay
- McGarvey's Saloon
- Ristorante Piccola Roma