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Sheriff's Office conducts compliance checks

01/14/2020

On 01-08-2020 the Cherokee Nation Region # 5 Prevention Coordinator Terri Garrett teamed up with the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office, District # 27 Drug Task Force agents, ABLE Commission agents, and the Wagoner County Family Service Council (WCFSC) to conduct alcohol compliance checks in Wagoner County. Agents and decoys attempted to make contact at 42 locations throughout the County to purchase alcohol products.  The purpose of these alcohol compliance checks was to ensure that stores are following Oklahoma laws when they sell or serve alcohol or beer.

The checks are part of an underage drinking prevention campaign established through the Too Much To Lose (2M2L) program of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.  When asked, decoys provided clerks with their actual ID, showing them to be underage. The clerks are supposed to check their ID and refuse sale to minors. 

After every contact, Agents handed out flyers about attending the Responsible Beverage Service and Sales Training.  This training teaches cashiers, servers, managers and store owners about proper ID checking practices, how to spot a fake ID, how to comply with Oklahoma laws covering the sale and service of alcoholic beverages and the risks associated with violating such laws. 

There was only one location out of the forty- two locations that had attempted to sell to a minor during this compliance check.  For more information on RBBS or other services available you can contact them at:terri-garrett@cherokee.org.

Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott stated" We would like to congratulate the Wagoner County  retailers for their compliance with the  Oklahoma Alcohol Laws.  We will continue to make every effort to undermine underage drinking in Wagoner County.  I would like to thank Wagoner County District Attorney Jack Thorp and RPC Director Terri Garrett for all the assistance they provided to make this a success.  From this point forward we intend to conduct these checks on a regular basis to ensure our great Wagoner County businesses are in compliance with the law."

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