State police sting nets two with alcohol sale to minors in Gouverneur area
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 11:41 am

Two people were charged with illegal sale of alcohol to minors during a sting in the Gouverneur area.

Amber M. Drew, 29, of Edwards, was charged with making a prohibited sale to a minor, a violation of the Alcohol/Beverage Control law, while working at Wood's Family Store in Edwards, where she allegedly sold alcoholic beverages to an undercover operative.

Carmen M. Anson, 42, of Canton, was also charged with a prohibited sale to a minor while working at Zorro’s in Hermon.

Both were issued appearance tickets.

New York State Police Underage Drinking Detail was deployed Friday, Feb. 25 in the state police’s Gouverneur patrol area.

An operative under the age of 21 entered 14 licensed establishments and attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages. When requested, the operative produced his actual and valid identification, clearly showing that he was under the age of 21. The operative was supervised by members of the New York State Police in plain clothes.

State Police note that at several establishments they tested, the operative was refused service.

Those establishments were The Last Lap, American House, Baker’s Store, Golden Glow, in Edwards; Trackside Tavern and Nice n Easy in Harrisville; Sugar Creek, American Legion, Nice n Easy, and Stewart’s in Gouverneur; and Skunk’s Nest in Hermon.

The establishments that sold alcoholic beverages to the operative will also be referred to the Alcohol/Beverage Control Board for further action by the licensing agency.

In an earlier story, we misidentified Woody's Maple and Convenience Store in Hermon as one of the establishments where a violation took place. It was not. We regret the error.

Anyone with knowledge of any establishment serving minors is asked to contact their local police department or their local New York State Police barracks. The state police statement said people may remain anonymous and the establishment will be checked the next time an operative is deployed in that area.