Authorities in Southeast Iowa are on the look out for businesses that sell alcohol to minors.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office received a $4,000 grant to conduct alcohol sting operations.
Officials will send minors into gas stations and convenience stores to try to purchase alcohol and any business in violation will be ticketed. Lee County Sheriff Jim Sholl says operations like these are important to keep minors safe.
"I think it holds the retailer to a certain responsibility that there clerks are trained and will recognize an underage person's ID and then not sell to that underage person. We don't need alcohol in the hands of our youth," Sholl said.
Another part of the checks is the "should tap" operation where minors try to get other customers to buy them alcohol.
The checks will start in the next few weeks and run through June.
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