County establishments pass alcohol compliance checks

Published 9:52 am Wednesday, December 28, 2016

No illegal alcohol sales took place during compliance checks conducted last week by the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office conducted the checks Dec. 19 at 15 establishments throughout the county using two decoys between 18 and 20 years old who attempted to purchase alcohol.

Kurt Freitag

Kurt Freitag

According to a press release from Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag, a licensed deputy with the Sheriff’s Office oversaw the decoys, and employees at all of the establishments checked the IDs of the decoys and refused the sale of alcohol.

Email newsletter signup

The checks were an improvement from 2015, when two illegal sales were conducted.

Clerks who sell alcohol to people under 21 are charged with a gross misdemeanor, the press release stated. The establishment is also subject to a penalty from the license holder and can have its license to sell alcohol suspended.

About Sam Wilmes

Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

email author More by Sam