Crackdown on underage drinking leads to charges against 4 in Sandwich

SANDWICH – The Sandwich Police Department is charging four individuals for alcohol related crimes after Sandwich officers and Alcohol Beverage Control Commission (ABCC) investigators worked undercover together in a program called Operation Safe Spring on Friday, May 20. Charges included Minor in Possession of Alcohol, Procuring Alcohol for a Minor, and False License/Identification.

Operation Safe Spring consists primarily of enforcement in the parking lots and surrounding streets of liquor stores. Officer Gilrein and Officer Cabral worked undercover with Alcohol Beverage Control Commission investigators Jamie Binienda and Nick Velez. Their enhanced intervention and enforcement effort is aimed at reducing underage drinking. This initiative is conducted during the potentially dangerous time of year when classes end and high school proms and graduations take place throughout the Commonwealth. Operation Safe Spring takes immediate and effective steps that result in the direct prevention of underage drinking and acts as a long-term deterrent to bars and package store owners serving and selling to underage individuals.

This weekend, throughout multiple towns on Cape Cod, ABCC investigators, in conjunction with the Sandwich Police Department found 17 minors in possession, transporting or attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages, and 3 individuals in possession of false identification. The underage individuals ranged from 17 to 20 years of age.

Statistics show that 3 teens die from drinking and driving every day and approximately six teens die every day of non-driving alcohol-related causes. This is a busy time of year with prom, graduation and summer vacation. The Sandwich Police Department asks parents to talk with their children about the risks associated with, not only consuming alcohol, but also being present where alcohol is kept.
Media release furnished by Sandwich Police

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