Alcohol sales sting targets selling to underage

A week before high school graduations, after receiving numerous complaints of local package liquor stores selling alcohol to persons under the age of 21, the Eunice City Marshal’s Office and the Juvenile Division of the Eunice Police Department conducted a sting operation, nabbing 13 persons on illegal sales charges.

Two male subjects under the age of 21 were sent into these businesses last Friday night to attempt to purchase alcohol.

Fourteen businesses were checked. Only one, SNC Minimart did not sell alcohol to the minors; 13 of the businesses did sell illegally to the minors, according to Marshal Terry Darbonne.

All of the employees that sold alcohol were later issued a summons for unlawful sales of alcohol to persons under 21 and given a court date.

The sting operation, labeled “Spring Cleaning”, was intended to make employers aware of the problem that some employees were selling alcohol to persons under the age of 21.

None of the businesses were cited.

More operations of this type will take place periodically, according to Marshal Terry Darbonne.

Charged, with the address of their place of employment listed last, were:

Junies Williams, 21, Hwy 167 N Ville Platte, address of incident - 101 East Laurel;

Bobbi LaLonde, 27, 6417 Old Basile Hwy., 100 West Laurel;

Lilian Fruge, 38, 1331 Dudley, 1750 West Laurel;

Erica Sittig, 240 Veterans Dr., 801 West Laurel;

Giap Nguyen, 48, 121 East Maple Ave. 121 East Maple;

Hung Tran, 45, 544 Atwood Dr. Crowley, 700 East Maple;

Shawn Michael, 17, 1430 Athabaska, 101 Veterans Drive;

Chasity Israel, 25, 301 Corn Ave. Apt. A, 150 West Maple;

Tonya Deville, 27, 4591 Hwy 190 Lot 8, 3747 Hwy. 190;

Sherril Dies, 55, 221 Boudreaux, 183 Hwy. 13;

Elizabeth Carrier, 24, 130 Veterans Dr., 2175 West Laurel;

Charlene Bushnell, 30, 1571 Rozas Rd., 1802 West Laurel;

Amanda Fontenot, 38, 301 Corn Apt. J, 495 Aymond.

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