Police Chief Concerned About Number Of Clerks Who Sold Alcohol To Minor

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-Mart805 Town Center Blvd
ABC Store12487 US 70 BUS HWY W
Lowes Foods11711 US 70 BUS HWY W
Clayton Beverage11679 US 70 BUS HWY W
Speedway11693 US 70 BUS HWY W
Handy Mart10419 US 70 BUS HWY W
Clayton Mart208 E. Main St
Compare Foods421 E. Second St
Circle K10141 US 70 BUS HWY W
Valero11590 US 70 BUS HWY W
Handee Hugo’s304 Pritchard Rd
Clayton Valero700 NC 42 HWY W
Sandu’s1225 Amelia Church Road
La Nueve Frontera10499 US 70 BUS HWY W
La Bonita11360 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.


  1. Well this is not a full story. Some of the places ALL WAYS ID everyone. Bet they used a fake ID and that is how the got the alcohol..

  2. Remember our Johnston County Commissioner Chairman Chad Stewart resigned his position as Chairman to become the Johnston County ABC Manager. Now the ABC Stores are selling to the underage. Can you see the meaning of screw-up and move-up in our local government now?

  3. I’m glad to see that Clayton PD is out here shooting fish in a barrel while a bunch of real crimes go unsolved. Go ahead and pat yourselves on the back CPD!

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