In a sting performed Friday night, April 18, 20 of the 71 businesses visited in Multnomah County (that's 28%), sold alcohol to minors. That's a 3% increase from a similar operation performed in February, according to the drug- and alcohol-awareness nonprofit Oregon Partnership, which cooperated with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and Multnomah County law enforcement agencies in the decoy operation.
Businesses caught selling to minors could face a $1,650 fine or a 10-day suspension for a first offense, and the individual employees caught are charged with a misdemeanor and face possible jail time and/or fines.
Each team included two unmarked vehicles, police officers, OLCC inspectors and underage decoys. A spokesman for Oregon Partnership says they will be performing operations like this every two months.