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November 3, 2016

The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s “Cops in Shops” program, which targets underage drinking at the Jersey Shore in 27 towns, resulted in 229 arrests this past summer. This was the 20th year that the state ABC ran the program, in which undercover cops are placed in retail liquor stores to catch minors trying to purchase alcohol.

The program is actually run all year round and next month the ABC is expected to announce details of its 2016-2017 college initiative, which targets towns outside of the Shore area that have a concentrated college-age population.

Charges for providing alcohol to underage patrons are disorderly persons’ offenses and carry fines of $500.

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