PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland Police Department cited eight city stores and restaurants for serving alcohol to underage buyers after a wide-ranging sting Saturday night, Lt. Gary Hutcheson announced Wednesday afternoon.
Employing a procedure often used by police to check compliance with alcohol sales laws, the Portland department sent “several local area college students under the age of 21” into 56 city bars, convenience stores and restaurants and had the volunteers attempt to purchase alcohol, Hutcheson said.
Forty-eight of the establishments checked for identification and refused to sell alcohol to the underage shoppers, Hutcheson stated, in part.
The other eight were cited for selling alcohol to a minor. The establishments cited were: Hannaford, 295 Forest Ave.; Mobil, 518 Forest Ave.; Walgreens, 127 Marginal Way; Crow Bar, 189 Congress St.; Congress Street Bar and Grill, 617 Congress St.; Local 188, 685 Congress St.; Frosty Pint, 965 Forest Ave.; and Ruski’s, 212 Danforth St.