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Polk County authorities conduct underage sting

May 16, 2013 -- 4:18pm

By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)

A joint operation of local law enforcement in Polk County netted a dozen retail stores that were selling alcohol to minors.

Cedartown Assistant Police Chief James Newsome says a number of underage sworn jail officers from surrounding counties participated in the sting of all establishments in the county that has package alcohol sales. Businesses in Rockmart, Aragon, Cedartown, and unincorporated communities were all hit by the operation and of those, 12 were issued citations.

“It depends on which jurisdiction you're under because since this was a countywide cooperative effort, some were cited in the Cedartown Municipal Court, some to Rockmart Municipal Court, some to Aragon Municipal Court, and some to the Polk County Magistrate Court.”

Newsome advised that none of the sworn jailers were issued fake ID’s. They simply attempted to purchase packaged alcohol and if asked for their ID, they simply left the store. Sheriff’s offices in Floyd and Paulding counties all loaned several of their sworn jailers to participate in the coordinated sting.

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