Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, December 19, 2008

12-19-08 Alcohol Sales to Minors - Undercover Investigation

12-19-08 Alcohol Sales to Minors - Undercover Investigation

    Boise, Dec. 19, 2008 - Last night, in an undercover Boise Police - Idaho State Police investigation, delivery drivers from six local businesses,  delivered alcohol to a Boise home, five of those companies selling the alcohol to an undercover minor working with police. 

    As local schools release kids for the Christmas holidays, Boise Police say the investigation shows how easy it is for minors to get alcohol. 

    In each case, the delivery drivers sold alcohol without a license. The drivers worked for local cab and pizza companies.

    "We want local businesses and other adults to realize it's not only criminal, but dangerous for kids when you provide them alcohol." said Boise Police Officer Jermaine Galloway. Officer Galloway heads up many of the department's underage alcohol education and enforcement programs. 

   "We hope when parents hear about this, they'll talk to their kids about the dangerous things that can happen with alcohol, from car accidents to sexual assaults. We want kids to have the courage to say, 'No' when faced with the decision of whether or not to use alcohol." said Officer Galloway.

    Last night's undercover investigation was one in an ongoing Boise Police effort to educate the public about the dangers of underage drinking, and to enforce Idaho laws meant for the safety of young people.

    The Investigation: Working with officers from the Idaho State Police Alcohol Beverage Control unit, Boise Police called several cab and pizza companies asking for beer to be delivered with food to a Boise address. 

  • Six companies agreed over the phone to deliver alcohol; five cab companies and one pizza shop.
  • Five delivery drivers sold the alcohol to a minor (a person under age 21).
  • One cab company over the phone agreed to sell the alcohol only to an adult, however, the company does not have a state license to sell alcohol.
  • NO delivery driver actually checked ID's at the door.
  • Two delivery drivers arrived at the home together; one sold beer to the minor; both drivers then drove back to the store together and bought more beer, and sold it again to the same minor. 

    Criminal Charges: 

  • Five drivers were charged with Selling Alcohol to a Minor (4 cab drivers and the pizza delivery driver).
  • All Five cab drivers were cited for Selling Alcohol Without a License
  • ISP ABC is investigating the pizza company for selling alcohol off premises (the pizza company does have an alcohol license, but not to sell off premise.)

    Penalties for providing alcohol to underage youth:

  •   A person who sells or furnishes alcohol to an underage youth will face fines between $500 and $1,000 plus up to one year in jail. 

    Dangers of Underage Drinking:

    It's well documented, underage drinking can lead to tragedy. Underage drinking is a factor in the 4 leading causes of death in people ages 10 to 24: motor vehicle crashes, unintentional injuries, homicide and suicide.      

    Underage alcohol use can be prevented. Research shows teens are less likely to drink alcohol when access is difficult, both in the home and in the community, and parents explain that they expect "no use" before age 21 and monitor their children's activities.

      Research shows underage youth are less likely to drink and drive when the zero tolerance laws and consequences are publicized and enforced.

    For more information on Preventing Underage drinking, go to:

  • www.madd.org
  • http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/underagedrinking/
  • http://camy.org/      (Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth)