Lowell, MA (May 1, 2012)- On Thursday April 6, 20012, Lowell Police Detectives assigned to the Special Investigation Unit conducted alcohol Compliance Checks throughout the City. Public notification of these yearly Compliance Checks are dispersed through our local media outlets. The funding for these Compliance Checks was obtained through the EOPSS Highway Safety Division Underage Alcohol Enforcement Grant. The LPD received $15,000 to implement a variety of strategies aimed at reducing underage drinking, including Compliance Checks, Cops in Shops and Party Patrols.
On the evening of April 6th detectives cited four local package stores for selling alcohol to underage buyers. The package stores found to be in violation are the Lucky Bee Store (185 Woburn Street), Jerry’s Food Store (1172 Lawrence Street), Belvidere Liquors (36 Concord Street), and Power Liquors (23 Wood Street). Detectives’ findings on all four establishments found in violation have been forwarded to the Lowell Liquor Commission for further action.
Lowell Police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee stated: The compliance checks we conduct are a means to safeguard our teens from the dangers of underage drinking and to ensure that license holders obey the law and comply with the regulations set forth in their liquor license.
We are pleased to report that on the same evening eight liquor stores were found to be in compliance.
Regulatory compliance checks of licensed establishments and local retail stores will continue throughout the year.