TPD: Alcohol Enforcement Op Nets 3 Arrests

By: TPD Release
By: TPD Release

Tallahassee, Florida - 5-13

Members of the Tallahassee Police Department Community Policing Unit (COPPS) partnered with the State Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Wednesday evening, May 11th, for an alcohol sales enforcement operation. Officers and agents visited several locations throughout Tallahassee in response to complaints of sales of alcohol being made to persons under 21 years of age and conducted several random location checks. A person under 21 years of age was utilized to attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages from the retail establishments during this operation. Three of nineteen businesses visited sold alcoholic beverages to the underage buyer. Those arrested were:

Yvonne Sigham Nsai, b/f, 5/28/74, was arrested at the Chevron at 416 E. Tennessee Street and charged with Sale of an Alcoholic Beverage to a Person Under 21 Years of Age.

Brett Andrew Bryan ,w/m, 5/9/85, was arrested at the Tomahawk Bar and Grill at 609 W. Tennessee Street and charged with Sale of an Alcoholic Beverage to a Person Under 21 Years of Age.

Leonora Nancy Rivera, b/f, 11/24/83, was arrested at Wal-Mart at 3535 Apalachee Parkway and charged with Sale of an Alcoholic Beverage to a Person Under 21 Years of Age.

The intent of this operation was to ensure those responsible for selling alcoholic beverages were checking ID’s to prevent selling to underage persons. Any retailer seeking additional information or employee training can call the State Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco at 922-9903.

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  • by Edna on May 15, 2011 at 10:20 AM
    Florida ABT is the most worthless law enforcement agency in the galaxy
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2011 at 09:49 AM
    They aren't suppose to use IDs that are fake or real ones that are difficult to figure out if it actually belongs to the person presenting it, yet they do. If the point of this sting is to curb selling of alcohol to minors they should probably spend more time at the BARS & CLUBS that generate 90% of their revenues from sale to minors - not restaurants, gas stations, superstores and such. If this proves anything it's that they tricked a cashier at walmart with a difficult ID or that person didn't ask for an ID (doubtful since I am fifty-four and they ask me every time I buy one bottle of wine with $100 worth of food). Are they making a dent in underage transations busting the girl at Walmart? Nope. They could if they spent time at the bars and clubs off Pensacola and Ocala. Just my two cents but I feel these operations are driven by motives that are not what they put out there, and I say they are a waste of money they don't have to waste.
  • by SH88 Location: tally on May 13, 2011 at 08:20 PM
    This is where my taxes are going? Go do some drug busts in the ghetto.
  • by Attn Servers Location: tally on May 13, 2011 at 03:18 PM
    Don't be afraid, or feel uncomfortable to demand ID. I've met so many that apologized for asking for proof of age. Don't apologize, ask for it. If the customer gets upset...TS. Responsible people know why you are asking.
  • by tax payer Location: tally baby on May 13, 2011 at 03:03 PM
    may tpd can do this without getting us suied.
  • by Anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 02:32 PM
    Accountability seems to be missing these days. If you sell alcohol, you need to id. The end. If someone is 'distracting' you, then it's Still your responsibility to remember to check the id. That is a known tactic used not only to buy alcohol but to steal from cashiers. And about restaurants that sell "breadsticks" etc, the staff is aware of the risks in selling alcohol without carding. It's personal responsibility.
  • by Dewerez Location: tally on May 13, 2011 at 02:32 PM
    Please give offenders a waring or a scare!! to have this on the record is absured. Did we prevent something bad from happening to others maybe, but really when did your parents hand you that first Beer? The age 18 says you are an ADULT. Hence you are responsible for your actions!! SHot the enemy for your country but don't drink. Because we don't deem you able to make ADULT decisions. SOCIETY needs to stop dictaing RULES!!
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      by Anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 06:35 PM in reply to Dewerez
      They got a warning. The warning came when they were hired and told "Do not sell alcohol to underage patrons, or you'll get arrested" What else do you want?
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        by Anonymous on May 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM in reply to
        I used to work for a grocery store and we were told check ids only if the person looks under the age of 25. I was 16 and everyone looks old to a 16 year old. No training was ever given on how to guess age. I feel sorry for these people. The rules should be to check id on EVERYONE. Then no one is expected to be an expert on judging age by looks.
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      by really on May 14, 2011 at 05:34 PM in reply to Dewerez
      Parents handing you a beer does not make anything right. Parents should know the rules just like anyone. Just because your an adult does not mean you are smart enough to make the right decisions. As a parent of an underage person I need to know that people will not sell him a beer. Unfortunately the reason for rules is because some people cannot make adult decisions without the rules.
  • by BS Location: everywhere on May 13, 2011 at 01:56 PM
    LE is not allowed to use deceitful methods to get someone to sell to an underage person. They do. They should focus on places that make a living off of selling mass quantities of alcohol to underage kids (ever been to happy hour at potbellys on a friday?), not someone who might have made a mistake on register 8 at Walmart. I remember the last "sting" and they got people at places like the Olive Garden. They are in the business of selling breadsticks not knowingly to underagers every friday afternoon like other bars that don't even sell food. How about go catch a predator with my tax dollars instead?
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      by Anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 06:34 PM in reply to BS
      You don't think that these places make money selling to underage kids? You don't think these places need to get checked because they don't cater to underage kids?
  • by PCOLANATIVE Location: Tally on May 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM
    When the fun is outlawed, only outlaws sell alchohol without checking ID first.
  • by WOW Location: Tallahassee on May 13, 2011 at 11:56 AM
    I think it's funny how people get in trouble for not IDing and get mad and make up excuses... I've been "setup" several times... and passed with flying colors... You know why? Because I actually follow the rules! :) Yes, some kids come in with fake ID's but it's not the police. every time ATF has come in they've always presented a real ID they just were not old enough to purchase the item... If you get a job that requires IDing, Just do your job and ID... Then you wont have to worry about going to JAIL!!! :)
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