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Undercover sting on alcohol sales

Clerks at three Nevada County convenience stores were cited during an undercover sting for selling alcohol to an 18-year-old, sheriff’s investigators said Monday.

At the same time, Sheriff Keith Royal congratulated others – Penn Valley Holiday Market, Tom’s Sierra Chevron on Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley Mini Mart, Express Mart on Alta Street near Grass Valley and Cedar Ridge Y Market – for refusing to sell alcohol to an 18-year-old decoy working with investigators.

“It’s good to get the word out that we’re doing this, so clerks will be more vigilant about checking IDs,” sheriff’s Capt. Ron Smith said.



Meanwhile, clerks Douglas Fore, 54, Fredrick Kelly, 57, and Harpal Singh, 37, were issued the citations Friday when they allegedly sold alcohol to an under-aged decoy, the 18-year-old son of a Nevada County sheriff’s deputy, Smith said.

“The places were under surveillance, and the clerks were cited on the scene,” Smith said.




The three clerks were working at Penn Valley Shell and Taco Bell, Gladys’ General Store in Penn Valley and Cedar Ridge Country Store.

The sting involving eight stores was a joint operation between the sheriff’s office and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, funded through a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety, according to the sheriff’s office.

The ABC will also seek sanctions against the violating businesses, which may include suspension of their liquor licenses, Smith said.

Complaints against the violating clerks will be forwarded to the Nevada County district attorney, Smith said.

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To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail rmoormeister@the union.com or call 477-4236.


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