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Low wage earners at Iowa City establishments given big fines for selling booze during police stings

IOWA CITY - Police in this college party town drenched in liquor nabbed low wage earners who sold alcohol to underage buyers, charging each employee with a simple misdemeanor punishable with a $645 fine plus court costs for the first offense.

IOWA CITY – Police in this college party town drenched in liquor nabbed low wage earners who sold alcohol to underage buyers, charging each employee with a simple misdemeanor punishable with a $645 fine plus court costs for the first offense.

The Iowa City Police Department conducted alcohol sales law compliance checks on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, at 32 businesses licensed to sell alcoholic beverages. Working with plainclothes officers, underage persons entered these businesses and attempted to illegally purchase alcoholic beverages. Twenty-five businesses refused to sell alcohol to the underage buyers. The businesses that passed the compliance checks were:

Casey’s – 206 E Benton St.
Kum & Go – 1310 S. Gilbert St.
Kirkwood Liquor & Tobacco – 300 Kirkwood Ave.
Hawkeye Liquor & Tobacco – 601 Hollywood Blvd.
Kwik Star – 1907 Keokuk St.
Southside Liquor & Tobacco – 1921 Keokuk St.
Kwik Spirits – 923 S. Riverside Drive
The Crown Liquor & Smoke – 9 Highway 1 W.
Top Shelf Liquor – 402 Highway 1 W.
Casey’s – 1410 Willow Creek Drive
Creekside Market – 2601 Highway 6 E.
Kum & Go – 2303 Muscatine Ave.
Casey’s – 370 Scott Court
RJ’z Express – 2 Escort Lane
Casey’s – 2410 Mormon Trek Blvd.
North Dodge Express – 2790 N. Dodge St.
Amoco – 2153 ACT Circle
Cactus – 245 S. Gilbert St.
Hawkeye Smoke & Liquor – 108 E. College St.
Reunion Brewery – 113 E. College St.
Roxxy Iowa City – 127 E. College St.
DC’s – 124 S .Dubuque St.
Sports Column – 12 S. Dubuque St.
Deadwood Tavern – 6 S. Dubuque St.
Dublin Underground – 5 S. Dubuque St.

Seven businesses checked by police sold to the underage buyers. The businesses that failed the compliance checks were:

Kum & Go – 731 S. Riverside Drive
Casey’s – 1904 Broadway St.
Fast Break – 2580 Naples Ave.
Urban Fuel Express – 2580 Moss Ridge Road
Kum & Go – 955 Mormon Trek Blvd.
Cactus 3 – 114 S. Clinton St.
Bardot – 347 S. Gilbert St.

The employees who sold the alcohol to the underage buyers were each charged with Selling Alcohol to Persons Under Age 21, a simple misdemeanor punishable with a $645 fine plus court costs for the first offense. Additionally, all violations will be forwarded to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division for possible civil penalties against the liquor license.

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