26 cited in underaged drinking sting in Lawrence

State and local law enforcement officers wrote tickets for 26 violations in Lawrence related to minors possessing alcohol and fake IDs during a special enforcement effort two weeks ago, according a group that targets underage drinking.

During a special grant-funded program known as Fake ID 101 the night of Sept. 8, officers with the Kansas Department of Revenue’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division and local law enforcement agencies ticketed 13 people who were minors in possession of alcohol and wrote 11 tickets for possession of a fake ID, said Jen Jordan, director of prevention for DCCCA and a member of The New Tradition Coalition of Lawrence.

Lawrence police, Douglas County Sheriff’s and Kansas University Public Safety officers participated, she said.

Jordan said officers also cited one bartender and one server in Lawrence for allegedly furnishing alcohol to a minor, and that ABC officers wrote administrative citations to four bars — The Hawk, 1340 Ohio; Saints Pub and Patio, 2329 Iowa; Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.; and Cadillac Ranch, 2515 W. Sixth St. — accusing them of allowing minors to possess alcohol that night. Administrative citations from the ABC can carry fines and penalties toward an establishment’s liquor license depending on several factors.

Representatives of the four bars could not be reached for comment Monday.

Jordan said thanks to state grant funds for overtime the agencies plan to conduct a similar enforcement later this semester to be on the lookout for fake IDs and underage drinking. During the spring and fall semesters in 2010, 117 people were cited for 241 different underage drinking and fake ID violations.

“By being out and being present, we’re hoping that that’s going to deter the problem behavior,” she said.

Jordan said the coalition in August also conducted voluntary training on how to detect fake IDs and other issues for staff members of alcohol retailers.