Local liquor stores nabbed in ID sting

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By The Staff

Just in time for the festive spring break season, two Evergreen liquor stores were cited for selling alcohol to a minor during a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office sting operation conducted March 19 and 20.

The sheriff’s directed operations unit performed compliance checks at 38 liquor-licensed businesses countywide, sending under-age buyers in to try their luck. Of 38 establishments tested, 20 sold booze to the young scouts, a noncompliance rate of 52 percent.

In Evergreen, Ponderosa Liquors on Evergreen Parkway and King Soopers in Bergen Park received summonses for the unlawful sale of alcohol to persons under 21.

Some other local businesses fared better. Though tested, Sit-N-Bull Saloon on Parmalee Gulch Road, Loaf ‘N Jug in Bergen Park, Evergreen Mountain Liquors on County Road 73 and Cactus Jack’s Saloon in downtown Evergreen were all found in compliance.