Sheriff: 9 stores failed compliance check in Marshall County

MARSHALL COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - "We're trying to make sure these stores stay in compliance to reduce the underage drinking," Marshall County Sheriff Danny Cryer said.

It's an operation with every law agency in Marshall county and the Oklahoma Alcohol Beverage Laws Enforcement commission - using underage volunteers to purchase alcohol.

"It's not a Fake I-D," Sheriff Cryer said. "Everything is legitimate and if the clerk ask if you are under the age the volunteer has to tell them yea I am under the age."

Sheriff Danny Cryer says they visited liquor stores, convenience stores and super markets.

Out of the 17 checked 9 sold to underage customers.

"At least one store that looked at the I-D and didn't calculate the years right and sold to our volunteer so that still pulls them out of our compliance," Sheriff Cryer said.

Cryer says clerks that sold low point beer are given a court date and a judge will decide how much their fine will be.

Those selling liquor are reported to state regulators.

Marshall county resident PJ Smith says she is proud to see law enforcement taking control.

"You cannot regulate honesty and integrity in anybody but at least you can try," Smith said.

Cryer says it's the first compliance check their department has done in 6 years but he hopes to reduce the number that failed to 0 by next year.

"This is something that we are going to get back to doing on a regular basis," Sheriff Cryer said.

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