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September 27, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
- Jerry Fischer, Director

 

Maureen Sczpanski
609-984-2529

 

58 Underage Individuals Arrested as Result of Underage Drinking Investigation in Union Township Establishment

TRENTON – Attorney General Peter C. Harvey and Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Director Jerry Fischer today announced that a total of 58 underage individuals were arrested as a result of a joint undercover investigation between the ABC and the Union Township Police Department on Thursday, September 22, 2005, at the Jumbalaya Restaurant, located at 1664 Stuyvesant Ave., Union Township, Union County.

“We are very concerned about underage drinking since it produces fights and motor vehicle accidents, and contributes to sexual assault,” Attorney General Harvey said. “Our goal is to help young people develop into thoughtful and productive adults.”

Fischer noted that the recent arrests are part of the ABC’s ongoing effort to combat underage drinking in and around college communities throughout New Jersey. Last year’s effort, which ran between October 2004 and May 2005, resulted in 146 arrests. Similar to the undercover efforts that are conducted every summer at the Shore, this initiative focuses on college towns and surrounding municipalities that have a large influx of young people during the school year. Under the program, ABC agents, working with local police departments, arrested underage persons, as well as bartenders, wait staff, store clerks and others who aided in the purchase of alcohol by those under the legal age, or who may have participated in other illegal activity.

Director Fischer acknowledged the outstanding work of both the State ABC agents and the Union Township Police Department Officers, who worked cooperatively on this effort.

“Through the extraordinary work of ABC investigators and local law enforcement, we were able to let young people know that if they choose to break the law, they will have to face serious consequences,” he said. “Our Division will continue to work with local and county law enforcement officers to aggressively look for underage drinkers, and those who attempt to buy or serve alcohol to them.”

In addition to criminal charges that may be filed against underage persons who purchase alcohol, the liquor licensee may be subject to administrative charges from the ABC or municipal body for violation of the ABC laws.

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