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Covington police cite one during Friday alcohol checks

COVINGTON, Ga. - Employees at stores selling alcohol in Covington appear to be getting more vigilant about checking identification  after a Friday check by police yielded only one citation.

According to a press release from Covington Police Department Public Information Officer  Justin Stott, members of the department's Specialized Patrol and Compliance units conducted alcohol compliance checks at the 34 businesses in the city licensed to sell alcohol for off premises consumption Feb. 7.

Stott said the check is conducted using confidential sources under the age of 21 who go into the businesses and attempt to purchase alcohol. According to the release, of the 34 businesses checked, only one - Ingles Grocery Store at 9176 Highway 278 - sold alcohol to a source. A juvenile employee at the store was cited for selling alcohol to a person under the age of 21. The alcohol was photographed and destroyed.

Employees at eight business were cited during the operation last year.