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Canton Police Cite 8 Businesses on Charges of Underage Alcohol, Tobacco Sales

Department unit sends decoys to 25 Canton retailers.

Canton Police cited 8 retailers on charges of selling alcohol or tobacco to minors, according to a news release from the department.

According to the news release, the Canton Police Department's Special Enforcement Unit conducted alcohol and tobacco sales checks at 25 local businesses using decoy minors. Of the 25 stores visited by the decoys, 17 refused sales of alcohol and tobacco to minors, the news release indicated. 

Sunoco, 42495 Joy Road; Valero Gas, 41350 Ford Road; Shell, 5640 Haggerty Road and Maria's Bakery, 115 Haggerty Road, all reportedly sold tobacco to decoy minors, the news release indicated.

Smokers Express, 45156 Ford Road; Crown Liquor, 42432 Ford Road; Mobil, 7230 N. Sheldon Road and Rite Aid, 2249 N. Canton Center Road all reportedly sold alcohol to decoy minors, according to police officials. 

According to Canton Police, the special unit has conducted such checks for several years and the department has a "zero tolerance" policy with violations such as underage tobacco and alcohol sales. Businesses who illegally sell alcohol or tobacco to minors receive a misdemeanor citation, the news release indicated, and alcohol sales violations are reported to Michigan's Liquor Control Commission.

Underage tobacco sale results

Business Name Location Status of Tobacco Sale Sunoco Gas 42495 Joy Road Sold tobacco to minor Valero Gas 41350 Ford Road Sold tobacco to minor Shell Gas 5640 Haggerty Road Sold tobacco to minor Maria's Bakery 115 Haggerty Road Sold tobacco to minor BP Gas 125 S. Canton Center Refused sale to minor CVS 45300 Cherry Hill Road Refused sale to minor Meijer Gas 45001 Ford Road Refused sale to minor Speedway Gas 45350 Ford Road Refused sale to minor 7-11 7171 N. Canton Center Road Refused sale to minor CVS 7269 N. Canton Center Road Refused sale to minor Mirage Party Store    8177 N. Sheldon Road Refused sale to minor BP Gas 8787 S. Sheldon Road Refused sale to minor Mobil Gas 8773 N. Haggerty Refused sale to minor Enjoy Beverage 39457 Joy Road Refused sale to minor Marathon Gas 42438 Warren Road Refused sale to minor

Underage alcohol sale results

Business Name Location Status of Alcohol Sale Smokers Express 45156 Ford Road Sold alcohol to minor Crown Liquor 42432 Ford Road Sold alcohol to minor Mobil Gas 7230 N. Sheldon Road Sold alcohol to minor Rite Aid 2249 N. Canton Center Road Sold alcohol to minor Country Deli 7349 Lilley Road Refused sale to minor Discount Beverage 8673 Lilley Road Refused sale to minor Enjoy Beverage 39459 Joy Road Refused sale to minor CVS 7269 N. Canton Center Road Refused sale to minor 7-11 7171 N. Canton Center Road Refused sale to minor Oakview Party Store    42256 Palmer Road Refused sale to minor
Hawaiikev1 February 22, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Adam where have you been. The law changed years ago, Welcome to MI. Where the Boys In Blue Have Nothing Better To Do.
Amy February 25, 2013 at 04:50 PM
well there is a liqour license and there is also another type of license that allows the sale of beer and wine. some gas stations have the permits to sell alcohol. personally i think its stupid for gas stations to sell booze, sometimes i think it promots drinking and driving
C. E. February 25, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Glad to see Oakview Party Store passed the sales check.
Joey Joe Joe July 17, 2013 at 04:40 PM
his program is a load of garbage. I was a manager for 5 years at a retail store in Canton, Twp. Our company lost an assistant manager, a store manager and giver or take 8 associates to these sting programs over the years. I myself sold a package of cigarettes to one of their "decoys", if you want to call it that. First off, the "decoy" was 6'2-6'3 if he was a foot tall. Second, he was dressed as if he had just gotten off of work, slacks, dress shoes, a button down collard shirt and primped hair. Third, they picked a young man who could have eaisly passed for being in his twenties. Fourth, I rejected the sale to the gentlemen three times and he harassed me for over a minute to make the sale. Stupid me, I finally caved and as soon as he walked out to of Canton's "finest" walked in and got me. So great job guys, you baited and harassed an otherwise good citizen and dutiful employee into a sale so you could "enforce" the laws and make Canton "safer". Yeah and uh, make a little pocket change too, to the tune of $250. That is a 7 year misdemeanor offense and a $250 fine for doing what I did bye the way. God help the poor souls that sell alcohol, their fine is much stiffer.

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