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Authorities begin alcohol-sales compliance checks around Grand County

By Will Bublitz

Sky-Hi Daily News

If you work for a bar, restaurant, liquor store or other business that serves or sells alcohol and you provide it to minors, you will be caught and prosecuted.

That’s the message being sent by local law enforcement agencies who are planning to conduct underage alcohol compliance checks over the next few weeks in Grand County.

In a recent press release, the Fraser-Winter Park Police Department, Granby Police Department, Kremmling Police Department and the Grand County Sheriff’s Office said they will be doing the compliance checks “sometime prior to the end of 2007.”

Conducted in cooperation with Grand Futures, the compliance checks will be done by law enforcement officers who will be sending “authorized underage individuals” into businesses across Grand County that are licensed to serve or sell alcoholic beverages. These minors will then attempt to make a purchase of alcohol while inside these businesses.

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Businesses or employees of businesses caught selling or serving alcoholic beverages to these underage persons will be issued a court summons. Offenders will be referred to the Grand County District Attorney’s Office for criminal prosecution.

Under Colorado state law, the selling of an alcoholic beverage to an underage person is a Class Two misdemeanor. It is punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and/or 12 months imprisonment.

“This is a program that we believe in,” said Undersheriff Walt Eldridge. “Over the years, these compliance checks have made a difference on cutting down the sale of alcohol to minors.”

Funding for the 2007 compliance checks in Grand County has been awarded to all of the local law enforcement agencies from the State of Colorado. The money is in the form of a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention through the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Liquor Enforcement Division.

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