One Out of Every Four Stores in Okaloosa County Sells to Underage Drinkers

Eighty nine convenience stores in Okaloosa County were recently “tested” with underage alcohol test buys as part of a crackdown by the sheriff and the State Beverage Department.

Two 16-year-olds and one 17-year-old, carrying proper and legal identification and telling the truth when they were asked about their age, were successful in buying booze at 21 of the 89 stores.

Taking part in the probe was the Problem Oriented Policing Squad (POPS) of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Division of Alcohol and Tobacco.

Criminal summons were issued to each of the 21 suspects. In addition, state beverage agents will initiate administrative charges against the owners of each store.