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November 4, 2013

Sting nets one arrest

Corsicana — Only one person was arrested in an alcohol sting that had undercover officers and a teenager visiting 23 stores in one night to see if employees would sell the teen beer or wine.

The sting took place between the hours of 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday night, and covered convenience stores, drug stores and groceries around the City of Corsicana. Leading the operation was Capt. Nori Rhodes.

Out of those 23 establishments, 22 complied with the state laws and did not sell an alcoholic beverage to a minor, which is a 96 percent compliance rate. These 22 establishments should be commended on their actions, Rhodes said.

One establishment, the Big Deli Food Mart, 1010 S. 7th St., had an employee that sold an alcoholic beverage to the minor. The employee did check the minor’s identification, which clearly showed that the minor was under the age of 21. The employee, Marisol Hernandez, 28, of Corsicana, was arrested and booked into the Navarro County Jail. Selling alcohol to a minor is a Class A misdemeanor.

Police Chief Randy Bratton advised additional enforcement operations will be continued to ensure compliance with state beverage laws remains at a high level and to help keep the community safe.

Comparatively, a similar sting operation conducted in October 2011 had a 73 percent compliance rate. In that operation, the undercover officers went into 22 stores, and 16 of them passed the test, six failed. A sting conducted in February 2012 had a 91 percent compliance rating. In that sting, they went into 21 stores, and two employees violated the state law about selling alcohol to minors.

“In the past, we have been in the 80s for compliance. It has been over a year since our last sting, so it is a positive indication that the message is getting out and it is sustaining, but we can’t make a confirmed conclusion based on one sting,” Bratton stated. “If the rate continues to remain high then we may be able to make a more definitive statement regarding the compliance.”

Typically, a sting of this size takes four to five hours. This one took only three hours because of the high compliance rate.

Stores that passed with flying colors this year were: Alon, 1451 W. Second Ave., and 1139 W. Seventh Ave.; Interstate Shell, 2901 S. Highway 287; Corsicana Mini Mart, 2500 W. Seventh Ave.; Jiffy Mart, 2821 W. Seventh Ave.; M&W Express, 816 S. Seventh St.; Kidd Jones, 941 W. Seventh Ave.; Super Mercado, 2501 W. Seventh Ave.; CVS, 601 W. Seventh Ave.; Tiger Tote, 200 W. Seventh, and 1961 E. Seventh Ave.; Super Stop, 1961 E. Seventh Ave.; Happy Grocery, 802 W. 15th St.; La Michoacana, 805 W. Seventh Ave.; Shell Food Mart, 2809 N. Beaton; Friendly Store, 801 S. Seventh St.; Sure Stop Shell, 2890 W. Second Ave; MQ Food Mart, 1900 N. Beaton; Bridgeway Marketing, 2050 E. Seventh Ave.; Quick Pick, 1100 E. Seventh Ave.; Mickey’s Exxon, 2900 S. Highway 287; Gateway Mobil, 2119 E. Highway 31.

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via e-mail at jjacobs@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “sound off” to this article? E-mail: Soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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