Many Behind Bars After Wagoner Liquor Store Sting

Friday, January 31st 2014, 11:20 pm

By: News On 6

A liquor store sting left a handful of people behind bars. Wagoner Police and the Alcohol Beverage Law Enforcement Commission said some employees sold alcohol to minors.

One worker was reportedly caught with drugs and a gun as well.

All that was found out during a sting operation, the ABLE commission sends minors into liquor stores and bars periodically to make sure employees I.D. customers and abiding by all other laws.

At Wagoner Liquor it is policy to I.D. everyone.

Donna Jones, the Wagoner Liquor Owner said, "The same people get I.D.ed over and over because we can't remember if we've seen them or not, because we do see a lot of people in here."

Jones has owned the store for nearly two decades. In that time, she's had two employees arrested for selling to minors.

Now, her workers are on camera, so they follow the rules.

"My people that work here are pretty smart. They are older than 21, so I think a 21 year old probably looks like a 12 year old to most of us." Jones said.

Wagoner Police and the ABLE Commission went around to different liquor stores and restaurants searching for employees selling to people under 21 last week.

No one was caught at The Wagoner Liquor store. But down the street at Bill's Bottle Shop, that wasn't the case.

Even with a sign on the front door, Wagoner Police said Michelle Scroggins was arrested for selling liquor to a minor.

Chief Bob Haley of Wagoner Police, said, "Upon further investigation, we ended up getting some methamphetamine and there was a gun within her reach."

Haley said they do these type of stings periodically.

"We just need to make sure they're abiding by what they're required to do," Haley said. "We definitely don't want them selling to our kids."

Jones agreed, "We don't want it in the hands of any child and it's against the law."

That's why Jones welcomes random enforcement checks.

"We should be checked," said Jones. "There's checks and balances everywhere in everything and we should be checked."

Scroggins is out of jail. Over the phone, she said, she is a single mother doing her job and she wouldn't purposefully sell liquor to a minor.


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