RICHLAND COUNTY,OHIO- 94 businesses in Richland County went through Alcohol & Tabacco Compliance Checks conducted by the METRICH Enforcement Unit.
Youths under the age of 21 were taken to various businesses located in Richland County, where they attempted to buy alcohol or tobacco products.
Ohio Law forbids the sale of tobacco products to those under the age of 18, and the sale of alcoholic beverages to those under the age of 21.
The following businesses sold alcoholic beverages to underage persons: Cornell's IGA (140 Mansfield Avenue, Shelby), Mickey Mart (61 Mill Street, Bellville), Interstate Marathon (495 Woodville Road, Mansfield), Duke and Duchess (1000 Ashland Road, Mansfield), Valero (1368 North Main Street, Mansfield), Papa Johnny's (702 Bowman Street, Mansfield), Ohio Food Mart/Sunoco (382 Lexington Avenue, Mansfield).
Marion Ave Drive Thru (289 Marion Avenue, Mansfield) sold tobacco products to underage persons.
Further charges may be filed on each business's liquor permit holder as the Ohio Investigative Unit will review the alcoholic beverage related cases. The individuals that were cited will be required to appear in the appropriate court where the violation occurred.
The METRICH Enforcement Unit commended the 86 businesses that were checked and were compliant for being vigilant in ensuring their employees are checking identification of persons purchasing alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.
Community Action for Capable Youth (CACY), Richland County Sheriff's Office, Ontario Police, and Shelby police assisted with the compliance checks in Richland County.
The METRICH Enforcement Unit also stated that unannounced compliance checks will continue to be conducted in the future to ensure strict compliance to the alcohol and tobacco laws.