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COLUMBIA, SC (WLTX) -- A joint effort between Columbia Police and South Carolina's Law Enforcement Division resulted in number of clerks being cited for selling alcohol to minors.

During the joint undercover operation conducted Friday, July 25th, investigators visited sixteen different businesses on Fairfield, Farrow, and Monticello Roads, and North Main Street, all in the City of Columbia.

Six clerks at some stores were cited for allegedly selling beer, wine, or liquor to individuals under the age of 21. Most are accused of not requesting proper identification, however in one of those cases, the clerk allegedly requested identification, and still sold alcohol to the minor.

If the clerks are convicted, cited under two SC codes of law, they could face fines anywhere from $200 - $500, or a minimum of 30 days in prison.

If you are aware of underage sales of alcohol to minors, you can always provide an anonymous tip to Midlands CRIMESTOPPERS, by calling 888-CRIME-SC.

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