Attorney General Cautions Mississippi Minors About Dangers of Underage Drinking

November 25, 2013

Attorney General Jim Hood today is issuing a warning to underage drinkers across the state.

“While we enforce underage drinking laws every day, I want our young people and our retailers to be fully aware that law enforcement agencies statewide will especially be out in force over the holidays,” said Attorney General Hood.  “It is illegal in Mississippi to sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.”

Law enforcement officers with the Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Division of the Attorney General’s Office, working with investigators from the Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control Bureau of Enforcement and local law enforcement agencies, will be working undercover statewide cracking down on those who sell alcohol to minors.  A recent sweep of the college towns Oxford, Hattiesburg and Starkville resulted in 80 citations being written.

In Oxford on September 19, officers with the Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Division of the Attorney General’s Office working with the ABC and Oxford Police Department found the following violations:

Minors in Possession=36

Fake ID’s=20

Sales of Beer to Minor=2

Arrest for Disorderly Conduct=1

In Hattiesburg on September 25, officers with the Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Division of the Attorney General’s Office working with the ABC found the following violations:

Minors in Possession=2

Sales of Beer to Minor=3

In Starkville on October 10, officers with the Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Division of the Attorney General’s Office working with the ABC found the following violations:

Minors in Possession=9

Fake ID’s=3

Sales of Beer to Minor=1

Sell of Alcohol to Minor=1

Public Drunk=1

Resisting Arrest=1

“We appreciate the good working relationship we have with ABC, and together we want to send the message that we are united in our efforts to fight underage drinking in Mississippi,” said Attorney General Hood.  “I would also like to note that we are out doing this type of work all year long.  The holidays are just a good time for us to issue the reminder that we are out.”

During recent checks of college towns, the Attorney General’s Office noticed an increase in the use of fake IDs among college students.   “Presenting a fake ID to purchase alcohol is illegal and could result in charges being brought against you,” warns Attorney General Hood.

The Attorney General’s Office and ABC will continue conducting statewide enforcement checks through the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays.

During the past fiscal year, the Attorney General’s Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Unit has conducted over 6,000 compliance checks with 221 buys for a 4% buy rate across the state.

 

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