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Compliance check operations plug holes that supply alcohol to minors


June 02, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska - On Friday May 28, 2004 and Saturday May 29, 2004, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board investigators conducted twenty-one underage/undercover compliance checks in Juneau. The compliance checks were conducted Friday night and late Saturday afternoon. The operation was run by an ABC investigator from Anchorage and the local ABC investigator in Juneau.

Using an 18-year old male and an 18-year old female, compliance checks were conducted at 12 package stores, 8 bars, and 1 brewery in Juneau, Alaska. The minors were sent into the establishments where they attempted to buy alcohol. The teens were unable to purchase at any of the establishments for a "zero percent" failure rate.

"We're very pleased that all the establishments passed the test," said Doug Griffin, Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control. "We want every liquor store on alert that they could be tested at any time. We're out to plug the holes that supply alcohol to minors."

A compliance check has not been conducted in Ketchikan in 2004. Juneau and Anchorage are the only two communities in Alaska that have been compliance tested in 2004. Anchorage currently has a 15% failure rate with 10 successful sales during 60 attempts.

"Many more undercover compliance check operations are in the planning stages statewide for 2004," said Griffin. "You never know where or when we'll be out checking for compliance, so it's best to check every young looking customer, every time."



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