Southern Md. Police Beat: Retail Beverage Association leader Dave Dent’s bar charged with selling alcohol to minor in sting

Canopy Liquors No ID no Sale

Canopy Liquors No ID no Sale- This store passed the test.

Underage “Compliance Checks” conducted by St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron reports that a sting of retailers and bars that serve liquor found six establishments that sold to an underage person, including that owned by Dave Dent, a top official in the state-wide beverage dealers group as well as the president of the St. Mary’s County Licensed Beverage Association.
Sheriff Tim Cameron with his Hobos and Hookers Patrol to clean up the mean streets of Lexington Park, Md.  THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Sheriff Tim Cameron with his Hobos and Hookers Patrol to clean up the mean streets of Lexington Park, Md. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

On October 22, 2015,  the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Alcohol Enforcement Coordinator, Cpl. James Stone conducted underage “Compliance Checks” at various business establishments possessing liquor licenses throughout St. Mary’s County. During these compliance checks, underage informants entered random establishments and attempted to purchase alcohol beverages.

The following six establishments failed the compliance checks. Also, the retail locations will be cited for sale of liquor to minors and will face possible fines and/or suspension of their liquor licenses.

List of violations:

1.      Abell’s Tavern – 20281 Piney Point Rd, Callaway MD
2.      Chiefs Bar – 44584 Tall Timbers Rd, Tall Timbers MD
3.      Russells Store – 44894 Medleys Neck Road, Leonardtown, MD
4.      Hermanville C-Store – 21141 Three Notch Rd, Lexington Park MD
5.      Stop N Shop – 21036 Great Mills Road, Great Mills, MD
6.      Sign of the Whale – 21899 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD


Below is a list of establishments that passed the alcohol compliance checks:

1.      Beacon Liquor, Callaway, MD
2.      Piney Point Market, Piney Point, MD
3.      St. Marys Fine Wine and Spirits, Great Mills, MD
4.      Canopy Liquor, Lexington Park, MD
5.      County Liquors, Lexington Park, MD
6.      Niko’s Pizza, Lexington Park, MD
7.      International Beverages, Great Mills, MD
8.      Pegg Road Shell, Lexington Park, MD
9.      Blue Wind, California, MD
10.  Jug Heads, California, MD
11.  California Wine and Spirits, California, MD

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