How tough is it to check an ID before selling booze? Only Lighthouse Liquors seems to be not up to the task…

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CHARLOTTE HALL — According to St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Alcohol Enforcement Officer, James Stone, on September 26, 2013, he conducted underage compliance checks of businesses throughout St. Mary’s County. The purpose of these checks was to ensure businesses, which sell alcohol, properly check identification to prevent the sale of alcohol to underage persons.

During the operation, twenty (20) businesses were checked with only one (1) violation. An employee of Light House Liquors located in Charlotte Hall, Maryland, sold an alcoholic beverage to a person under the age of twenty-one. The employee was issued a citation, which carries a possible $2,500.00 fine if convicted. The violation will be submitted to the St. Mary’s County Alcohol Beverage Board and a hearing will be conducted. The license holders for Light House Liquors will be required to appear.

Any questions regarding compliance checks or to report businesses selling alcohol to underage persons please call Corporal James Stone at 301-475-4040.

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