Sheriff's Office: 11 clerks cited for selling alcohol to minors

Collier County sheriff’s deputies cited 11 clerks who sold alcohol to underage volunteers during an alcohol enforcement operation on Monday.

An additional clerk who is still in the training process as a new hire was issued a verbal warning.

Eighty-one out of 93 businesses visited Monday during the operation properly checked IDs and refused to sell alcohol to minors.

Youth Relations Bureau Commander Beth Jones said the results are a strong indication that the Sheriff’s Office’s efforts to curb underage alcohol sales are working. During a similar operation in October 2010 44 businesses were visited and 14 clerks were cited for selling alcohol to minors.

“These numbers tell us that our education efforts are paying off,” she said. “Our community understands the importance of protecting our youth from having access to alcohol.”

The following individuals were cited and received notices to appear in court on charges of selling alcohol to minors:

Barbara Cockley, 7-Eleven, 12125 Collier Blvd; Erika Pacheco-Franco, Carnicera, 120 N. 3rd St., Immokalee; Lidia Luna, Azteca, 208 West Main St., Immokalee; Sindy Zepeta, Kwik Pick, 499 Goodlette-Frank Road; Mary Peoples, BP, 2201 U.S. 41 N.; Jeronimo Ortiz, 7-Eleven, 2135 U.S. 41 E.; Yunaisy Millar, Mini Mart, 3700 Bayshore Drive; Junior St. Juste, 7-Eleven, 4831 U.S. 41 E.; Younas Shahid, Marathon, 11163 U.S. 41 E.; Luz Castro-Echeverria, Atlixco Food, 11514 U.S. 41 E.; and John LaPoiute, Walgreens, Wiggins Pass Road.

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