Rolla police said, during a short-term alcohol compliance operation at various businesses in Rolla, four sales clerks were arrested and charged with supplying intoxicants to minors.

Rolla Police Chief Sean Fagan said the department’s division of criminal investigations unit conducted an undercover alcohol compliance operation at 25 businesses in Rolla on Tuesday. Fagan said detectives, with the assistance of two minors, visited the businesses and attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages. 

In a release on Friday, Fagan said during the operation, four of the 25 businesses violated state law by selling an alcoholic beverage to a minor — Love’s Travel Center, Sinclair, Beverage-Mart and Smoker’s outlet. 

Fagan said each of the four sales clerks was arrested at the scene and issued a summons for supplying intoxicants to minors, and then later released. 

The sales clerks at the remaining 21 businesses complied with state law by asking for customer identification and then refusing to sell to minors once it was determined they were underage, Fagan said. 

In the release, Fagan commended the clerks at all of the businesses who were in compliance with state liquor laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors, and for their efforts in helping control the illegal sale of alcoholic beverages to minors. 

Per Missouri statute, any licensee or employee who sells or supplies any intoxicating liquor in any quantity to any person under the age of 21 can be found guilty of a class B misdemeanor.