More local businesses snared in liquor stings

Five Mesa County businesses were cited over the weekend for selling alcohol to minors in a second sweep of compliance checks in as many weeks.

Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department and State Liquor Enforcement, visited some 100 business over the weekend, according to a Grand Junction police news release. The following businesses were cited:

— Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande River Dr., Palisade.
— Black Bear Diner, 624 Rae Lynn Dr., Grand Junction
— Thai Chili, 2536 Rimrock Dr., Grand Junction
— Kannah Creek Brewery, 1960 N. 12th St., Grand Junction
— Carino’s Italian Restaurant, 2480 Highway 6 & 50, Grand Junction

Businesses which were cited must go before the City of Grand Junction or State Liquor hearing board, which will determine possible sanctions ranging from fines to the suspension of liquor licenses, according to the release. None of the businesses cited over the past weekend have had violations over the past year, and revocation of a license would only be considered for a business with repeat violations, authorities said.

Aside from the business compliance checks, officers issued 24 summonses for minors in possession of alcohol, according to the release.

Earlier this month, authorities announced 10 other Mesa County businesses were also busted in a series of undercover stings. The operations are funded by a grant received by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department for enforcement of underage drinking laws.





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