Police Grant Brings More Underage Alcohol Stings

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - On Tuesday, the Midland City Council will vote to approve an Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Grant. That's $10,560 from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for Midland Police.

NewsWest 9 spoke with Midland Police Chief Price Robinson who said those grants will help them conduct more alcohol stings and party patrols in order to crack down on underage drinking.

In alcohol stings, officers will send underage kids into any alcohol-licensed establishment.

If they are sold alcohol, the clerk will face a Class A Misdemeanor, which includes up to one year in jail and up to $4,000 in fines.

The store will also receive administrative action from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Chief Robinson said they only have so many overtime dollars to give so they can't conduct these stings or patrols as often as they'd like, but said this state money changes that.

The City Council will consider the resolution accepting the grant at Tuesday's meeting.

During the last string of alcohol stings in Midland, the compliance rate was 71%.

Robinson said he'll be looking for 100% compliance during the upcoming stings.