Sheriff’s Office continues crackdown on underage alcohol sales
Published 11:06 am Friday, October 7, 2022
In yet another check of parish businesses to see if any will sell alcohol to a minor, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted an undercover operation on Sept. 29-30, according to WPSO Chief Criminal Deputy Mike Haley.
Twenty-eight parish businesses were visited by a minor wishing to purchase alcohol. Clerks at 17 parish business establishments willingly sold alcohol to a minor without checking for proper identification, Haley said.
Bogalusa businesses that sold alcohol to a minor were:
- Highway 10 One Stop.
- Chevron on Sunset Drive.
- Chevron on Highway 10 east.
- Jr. Food Mart.
- Pumping Station.
- Texaco on Avenue F.
- Texaco on Highway 21 South.
- JZ Quick Shop.
- Liberty on Highway 10 east.
Franklinton-area businesses that sold alcohol to a minor were:
- Town Crier.
- Bridge Store.
- Chevron on Washington Street.
- John’s Shop.
In addition to underage alcohol sales, the Diamond Vapor Lounge in Franklinton sold vape items to the underage buyer, Haley said. The Varnado Chevron also reportedly sold alcohol to a minor.
“To say that this is unacceptable is a gross understatement,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “I can fathom no excuse why any business would sell alcohol to a minor. It’s a simple equation. Check the driver’s license on all purchasers. If the buyer is underage, do not sell them any alcohol. End of discussion.”