LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Laurel Police Department conducted a beer sting operation aimed at stopping the illegal sale of alcohol to minors within Laurel city limits.
Officers checked 16 business and reported that half of those locations made sales to an minor. Each clerk who conducted the sales will be charged with sale of beer to a minor.
“We have enough drinking and driving as it is and you get a 16 or 17-year-old who's really just learning how to drive a car, they're not even really good at it yet,” said Captain Tommy Cox. “They're under the influence of alcohol, it's just a deadly combination, and it's against the law."
Cox said the department works with local businesses in an attempt to stop underage drinking to hopefully save some lives.
He warned that this isn't the last undercover operation that LPD will be conducting, and clerks should be aware of who is buying alcohol.