VERO BEACH — The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco worked Thursday evening enforcing the law prohibiting the sale of alcohol to individuals under the age of 21.
Sheriff’s Detectives and Alcohol Beverage and Tobacco Agents monitored the sale of alcoholic beverages at 20 retailers in Indian River County and caught clerks at four local gas station convenience stores. The following individuals were arrested for violating FSS 562.11., “Selling, giving, or serving alcoholic beverages to persons under age 21”, a second degree misdemeanor and given a notice to appear:
Jonathan C Sneed, 28 of Vero Beach, who works at the Citgo store at 9097 20th Street.
Bradley L. Headdy, 26, of Vero Beach, who works at the Mobil station at 8990 20th Street.
Nicole R. Hendrix, 25, of Vero Beach, who works at the 7/11 store at 1976 43rd Avenue
Brian Gines, 51, of Vero Beach, who works at the BP station at 8195 20th Street
“Retailers must understand the importance of complying with the state law. Our actions this evening were to do more than just enforce the law, but also remind retailers that the sale of alcoholic beverages to underage individuals will not be tolerated,” said Sheriff Deryl Loar. “The use of alcohol by underage individuals leads to tragedy on the Treasure Coast. Hopefully, our actions will serve as a reminder to retailers to check ID’s when selling alcoholic beverages so we may avoid a similar tragedy in Indian River County.”
Clerks should be checking the photo identification of anyone who appears to be age 30 or under when purchasing alcoholic beverages. The people arrested could face possible fines and other penalties.