SANFORD, Maine — Four local businesses have been cited for selling alcohol to minors as the result of alcohol compliance checks at 13 licensed businesses at the end of January.
Sanford Deputy Police Chief Tim Strout said the compliance checks are conducted to ensure that licensed establishments are in compliance with the Maine law regulating the sale of liquor to a minor. They also help businesses identify employees who may benefit from free Responsible Seller/Server training offered by the Sanford Strong Coalition and Partners for Healthier Communities at Southern Maine Health Care, he said.
Both the Sanford Strong Coalition and Partners for Healthier Communities provided funding for the compliance check operation, which was conducted on Jan. 31, Strout said.
The compliance checks found four businesses in violation of the state law. They were Shaw’s Supermarket, Rite Aid, Circle K and Lil Mart, he said.
Each of the four businesses were issued a Notice of Liquor License Administrative Violation and Short Form Complaint citation, which were forwarded to the Maine Department of Public Safety’s Liquor Licensing Unit.
First-time offenders face a fine of up to $1,800. Repeat offenders face a higher fine and could have their liquor licenses suspended, Strout said.