Lebanon police and the state Alcohol Beverage Commission charged 13 businesses and their employees with alcohol sales to minors recently.
Police Chief Scott Bowen said officers from both agencies conducted undercover beer and liquor buys to check 51 stores’ compliance with the law during the past few weeks.
In all, Bowen said employees from 13 stores sold alcohol to an underage informant sent to try buying from the stores.
“We were very disappointed,” said Bowen. “Obviously 13 out of 51, that’s not a good percentage.”
He said police had received an increasing number of complaints – mainly from parents – regarding underage sales, but the department opted to check all stores instead of just the ones reported.
“When we do it, we want to do it fair,” said Bowen.
He said each employee who sold to the informant was charged with selling alcohol to a person under 21 and each store whose employee sold to the informant was charged with selling alcoholic beverages to a minor.
The employees charged face possible fines and possible jailtime or probation, and businesses charged face possible fines and possible revocation or suspension of licensure for alcohol sales.
Employees and the stores charged included:
• Kenneth Dunn, 73, of Lebanon, at Sparta Pike Spirits at 1318 Sparta Pike.
• Sameh Mansour, 34, of Nashville, at Super Discount Tobacco and Beer at 1924 Sparta Pike.
• Potros Adbel-Shehed, 30, of Antioch, at Daniel’s Market at 1037 Sparta Pike.
• David Perry, 18, of Watertown, at Pilot at 921 Murfreesboro Road.
• Melody Musice-Griffith, 30, of Lebanon, at QuickStop No. 2 at 308 S. Cumberland St.
• Krystle Davis, 22, of Lebanon, at Shell at 130 E. High St.
• Fawzy Khalil, 67, of Nashville, at Lebanon Discount Tobacco and Beer at 617 N. Cumberland St.
• Karim Gebrael, 36, of Antioch, at Chums at 622 N. Cumberland St.
• Kantilal Lad, 58, of Lebanon, at Zips at 110 S. Maple St.
• Ishwarlal Patel, 54, of Lebanon, at Castle Heights Wine and Liquor at 1123-A N. Castle Heights Ave.
• Patrick Sousa, 46, of Castilian Springs, at Citgo at 1137 N. Castle Heights Ave.
• Brandi Brown, 22, of Lebanon, at Daily’s at 320 Highway 109.
• Jatin Lad, 40, of Lebanon, at Franklin’s Market at 3961 Lebanon Road.