CLAYTON – Police Chief Greg Tart says he is concerned about the number of store clerks who sold alcohol to a minor working with undercover officers. On Saturday, January 29th, the Clayton Police Department conducted compliance checks on establishments permitted to sell off-premise alcohol.
Detectives discovered 15 of the 29 retail establishments they went to had an employee sell alcohol to an underage informant under the supervision of Clayton Police. Establishments who sold to the informant include:
|Wal-Mart||805 Town Center Blvd|
|ABC Store||12487 US 70 BUS HWY W|
|Lowes Foods||11711 US 70 BUS HWY W|
|Clayton Beverage||11679 US 70 BUS HWY W|
|Speedway||11693 US 70 BUS HWY W|
|Handy Mart||10419 US 70 BUS HWY W|
|Clayton Mart||208 E. Main St|
|Compare Foods||421 E. Second St|
|Circle K||10141 US 70 BUS HWY W|
|Valero||11590 US 70 BUS HWY W|
|Handee Hugo’s||304 Pritchard Rd|
|Clayton Valero||700 NC 42 HWY W|
|Sandu’s||1225 Amelia Church Road|
|La Nueve Frontera||10499 US 70 BUS HWY W|
|La Bonita||11360 US 70 BUS HWY W|
Chief Tart said charges have been obtained for all offenders except one, who detectives are working on identifying.
“Underage consumption of alcohol continues to be a concern to law enforcement and to society as a whole. Conducting regular compliance checks in retail establishments such as we did in this operation is part of our proactive commitment to help educate and reduce the ability of our underage youth to obtain alcohol in our community,” Chief Tart told The Johnston County Report. “These numbers are concerning that over half of these retail establishments sold alcohol to an underage person.”
This campaign was due to complaints received and from information gathered from the public.
In 2019, Clayton Police said 13 of 29 businesses checked sold alcohol to a minor. In 2017, just nine of 27 businesses sold to a minor.