Canton Public Safety

Posted on: March 6, 2017

Local businesses checked for alcohol sales to minors

March 2, 2017, Canton, MI - The Canton Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) conducted alcohol sales checks during the month of February.  The special unit utilized a volunteer decoy minor to attempt the purchase alcohol at seven businesses in Canton.  Two businesses sold to the minor decoy, while five refused the sale.  A complete list of the locations checked is shown below:


BUSINESS:                                        ADDRESS:                                         OUTCOME:

7-11                                                      44285 Ford Road                                Sold to decoy minor

Maria’s Bakery                                  115 N. Haggerty                                  Sold to decoy minor

Super Fine Wine & Liquor             1634 N. Haggerty                                Did not sell to decoy minor

CVS                                                       7269 N. Canton Center Rd.                Did not sell to decoy minor

7-11                                                      43340 Warren                                     Did not sell to decoy minor

Rite Aid                                               180 S. Lilley                                        Did not sell to decoy minor

Rite Aid                                               4151 N. Canton Center                       Did not sell to decoy minor


Canton’s SEU has performed alcohol and tobacco compliance checks at local businesses in the past, and will continue to use the decoy program as a means of keeping minors safe in the community.  The unit utilizes a “zero tolerance” enforcement strategy when dealing with violations of alcohol and tobacco sales.  Under local ordinance, alcohol sales to under age persons as the result of an undercover operation result in a civil infraction ticket being issued to the server or salesperson with a fine of not more than $100.00.  The establishment is cited for a Liquor Control Commission (LCC) violation, resulting in an administrative hearing with the LCC.  Sales of tobacco products to persons under age 18 result in a misdemeanor ticket being issued to the sales person with a fine of up to $50.00.


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