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7 Stores Caught Selling Booze to Minors

Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and Fresh Market were among seven retailers that failed a liquor compliance check conducted by the Westport Police Department with help from the state Liquor Control Commission, Lt. Vincent Penna said in a statement.

The undercover liquor compliance check, which was held Saturday, was conducted in an effort to curb underage drinking, Penna said. Officers from the detective bureau joined state liquor control agents and undercover youths with the Governor's Prevention Partnership Coalition to Stop Underage Drinking.

"The focus of this operation was on retail outlets that sell alcohol and not bar or restaurants that have the ability to serve the beverages," Penna said.

During the operation, 15 retailers were checked. Of those, seven retailers sold alcohol to undercover minors. These retailers were: Whole Foods, 399 Post Road W.; Trader Joes, 400 Post Road E.; Fresh Market, 605 Post Road E.; Saugatuck Wine and Spirits, 9 Bridge Square; Black Bear Wines and Spirits, 221 Post Road W.; Country Liquors, 84 Newtown Turnpike; and Parkway Liquors, 339 Main St.

All seven retailers were charged by the state Liquor Control Commission with sale of alcohol to a minor. The commission will handle all proceedings, including any fines or other actions.

"The Westport Police Department has a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking and the multitude of issues that it brings with it," Penna said. "We will continue to enforce compliance with the state-mandated drinking age of 21 on every level available to us."

These retailers did not sell to underage buyers: Stop & Shop, 1790 Post Road E.; Purple Feet Liquors, 1088 Post Road E.; Greens Farms Spirit Shop, 1250 Post Road E.; International Wine and Spirits, 732 Post Road E.; Castle Wines and Spirits, 1439 Post Road E.; Dan's Liquor, 607 Post Road E.; Bottles Liquor, 1753 Post Road E.; and Liquor Locker, 68 Main St.

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