Snoqualmie Valley police aim to crack down on alcohol and tobacco sales to minors
April 2, 2010
NEW — 2:00 p.m. April 2, 2010
Starting in April, North Bend and Snoqualmie police are teaming with state and county officials to crack down on underage sales of alcohol and tobacco products.
Together with the King County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Liquor Control Board, they will conduct stings on businesses in Upper Snoqualmie Valley, Preston and Fall City.
Any sales made during these operations could result the sales clerk being cited and the business being fined as much as $1,500 and possibly losing its license to sell alcohol or tobacco an extended period of time.
Businesses will be visited beforehand, as well, when police officers will talk to them about preventing underage purchases.
Minors could also face fines up to $103 if caught with tobacco. Possession of alcohol by a minor is a criminal offense.
A similar sweep was last launched in 2007, with some stores being checked in 2008. At the time five of 18 stores sold alcohol to a minor, according to data from North Bend police.