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FAYETTEVILLE (NEWS RELEASE) - An under-aged alcohol sales sting yielded several violations at various retail stores across Fayette County. Sheriff Steve W. Kessler released the following information regarding this operation.

On January 11th 2013, Sheriff's Deputies of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department along with an agent with the WV Alcohol Beverage Commission conducted a series of attempted under-aged alcohol purchases from thirty-two separate alcohol retail locations across Fayette County. Seven of these locations sold alcoholic beverages to under-aged minors that were operating under the direction of the ABC agent and the Sheriff's Deputies.

These locations that sold to the minors were the Ansted Shell Store, Dorsey's Hogtails in Hico, the Hico location of New River Foodland, the Hico location of Sherry's, Drifter's Bar in Glen Jean, the Cold Spot in Glen Jean, and Sam's Place in Mount Hope. The clerks of each of the respective violating stores were cited by the Deputy Sheriffs at the times of the illegal sales.

Sheriff Kessler added "Selling alcohol to under-aged minors is entirely unacceptable, and we are always pleased to work with the WV ABC in efforts to deter this illegal activity. These alcohol stings are performed several times per year in Fayette County, and are always conducted in cooperation with the State's ABC agents".

These violations remain under investigation by Sgt. T.N. Mooney and Deputy W.R. Callison of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, and Agent Fred Wooten of the WV ABC.

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