More than 100 fake IDs confiscated at Back Bay liquor store on St. Pat's weekend - Metro US

More than 100 fake IDs confiscated at Back Bay liquor store on St. Pat’s weekend

Quality Mart at 21 Massachusetts Ave., faces numerous charges, state authorities s
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A Back Bay liquor store faces numerous charges after s

tate authorities over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend confiscated more than 100 fake IDS from minors who had purchased or were trying to purchase alcohol there.

The store, Quality Mart, was the subject of an investigation by officials from the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, who staked out the Massachusetts Avenue shop over a three-day period last week.

Between Thursday through Saturday, authorities reported 122 minors in possession of or attempting to purchase alcohol, and 112 of those were found to have fake identifications, all between the ages of 18 and 20..

The investigators also seized 49 cases of beer and 134 bottles of various alcoholic beverages from the store.

The effort was part of “Operation Safe Spring,” the state’s new initiative to reduce underage drinking during “potentially dangerous times of the year,” according to the State Treasurer’s office, which oversees the beverage commission.

“Stepped-up monitoring and enforcement can save lives and prevent tragedies before they happen,” state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said in astatement.

Quality Mart has no prior history of violations, a state official said. A call to the store on Tuesday was not immediately returned. Representatives from the store will appear before the beverage commission for a hearing concerning the charges. That date has yet to be scheduled.

The shop wasn’t the only Boston establishment that served to minors over the weekend, state officials said. Investigators conducted “enforcement efforts” at multiple bars and “pub crawls” to prevent the sale of alcohol to people who were underage. A few other bars also face charges of selling to minors.

The state’s initiative can include calling a teenager’s parents after that teen is found to have purchased or attempted to purchase alcohol.

Most parents don’t know their child is purchasing or drinking alcohol, according to state officials, and the commission said getting family members involved can help reduce the number of underage drinkers.

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