September 5, 2012

Operation checks alcohol sales to minors

On August 31, 2012 the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division conducted an operation checking businesses that sell alcohol in the Upper Keys. Seventeen businesses were checked including restaurants, convenience stores and bars. During the operation, two of the businesses served alcohol to minors. The two people who committed the violation were given notices to appear before a Monroe County Judge. 

The following are the businesses and suspects who sold the alcohol to minors:

Tiny's Mobile 82788 Overseas HWY Islamorada. Paul Scott Werber, 52, of Islamorada

Tom Thumb 97901 Overseas HWY Key Largo. Judith R Diaz, 30, of Key Largo 

The violations by the clerks are punishable with up to 60 days in jail, a $500 fine, $235 in court costs, $75 in the cost of prosecution, and $40 in the cost of investigation.

The Licensee Violations are punishable by:
·         1st offense $1000 fine and 7 day suspension
·         2nd offense $3000 fine and 30 day suspension
·         3rd offense Revocation of license.
The remaining business checked, were in compliance with the law.

This operation was conducted in cooperation with the Monroe County Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Community. 

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