Two Howard County liquor stores, one in North Laurel and one in Ellicott City, have been cited by police for selling alcohol to underage customers.
The two stores were cited as part of a sting operation using a 17-year-old volunteer from HC DrugFree, a county nonprofit committed to eradicating drug, tobacco and alcohol use among county teens.
They are All Saints Liquors, 9105 All Saints Road in North Laurel and Angels Cut Wine & Spirits, 5725 Richards Valley Road in Ellicott City.
According to Howard County police, the 17-year-old entered the establishments and tried to buy alcohol. Some of the clerks checked his driver's license, others did not. The license said he was less than 21-years-old, police said.
Ten other businesses were tried in the operation, but were not cited because they did not sell to the underage patron. They will be issued a letter of appreciation by police Chief Gary Gardner. The businesses are below:
- Bottom of the Bay, Cherry’s Liquors, and Montpelier Liquors, all in Laurel;
- I.M. Wine, Fulton;
- Kings Contrivance Liquor Shoppe and Dobbin Square Liquors, both in Columbia;
- Perfect Pour, Lark Brown Liquors and Twisted Cork, all in Elkridge; and
- Friendship Liquors in West Friendship.