ELLSWORTH, Maine — Two Hancock County businesses were cited for selling alcohol to an underage individual during a police operation last week.
Moose Crossing in Trenton and 66 Steak and Seafood in Blue Hill were issued summonses on Friday during alcohol compliance checks conducted at nine restaurants and stores by the Hancock County Alcohol Enforcement Team.
Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Thornton, who leads the multijurisdictional enforcement team, said the operation was conducted as part of a grant aimed at reducing underage alcohol abuse. Thornton said there was no trickery involved in the transaction, such as use of a fake ID.
“All we are trying to do with this is reduce social access to alcohol for those who aren’t of age,” Thornton said. “It’s a very simple concept: No ID, no sale.”
Because of the prevalence of social media, establishments that sell to underage individuals quickly can develop a reputation as the place for teens to go for alcohol, Thornton said.
The two businesses are entitled to administrative hearings on the alleged violations.