Two SUNY Cortland area bars busted for allegedly selling alcohol to minors

CORTLAND, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Two bars popular among SUNY Cortland students are accused of serving alcohol to minors, according to Cortland Police.

On April 29, DMV investigators and local police busted the Dark Horse Tavern and Stone Lounge. Six people were arrested and six fake IDs were confiscated.

The fake IDs appeared to be New Jersey and Pennsylvania licenses.

In the state-wide sting, 647 establishments were visited by underage decoys. 184 of them are charged with selling to minors.

112 people were arrested and 127 fake IDs were confiscated across New York.

"Underage drinking can lead to bad decisions that could lead to potentially lifelong consequences," Governor Andrew Cuomo says. "This administration has zero tolerance for reckless and irresponsible behavior, and by working together with local law enforcement, this state continues to take proactive measures to crack down on underage drinking and those who enable it."

The governor's office says licensees charged with underage sales face charges of $10,000 per violation, with fines starting from $2,500 to $3,000 for a first time offense.

Repeat offenders also face potential suspension or revocation of their licenses.

Persons under the age of 21 found to be using fake IDs or false documents with the intent of purchasing alcohol can be arrested and have their license revoked for a minimum of 90 days or up to one year.

Investigators also checked Red Jug, Hairy Tony's and Brix Pubaria, but no wrongdoing was discovered at those establishments, according to Cortland Police.


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