DC ABRA's Cynthia W. Simms Says Investigation Launched Into Local Liquor Store

11:46 PM, Feb 8, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - The Board of the District's Alcohol Beverage Regulatory Administration has launched an investigation into a liquor store in Northwest that teens admit has been selling them liquor illegally for years.

The spokesperson for ABRA, Cynthia W. Simms, says her office sent a team of volunteer undercover youth and MPD into the Town Square Market within the last week to try and purchase alcohol.

She says the person behind the counter did not sell liquor to the ABRA team. 


MORE: 9NEWS NOW's Original Story on Town Square Market


A week ago, 9News Now reporter Andrea McCarren confronted on camera a clerk at Town Square Market with allegations from several underage drinkers who claimed on camera that they purchased alcohol inside the business with and without fake ID.

The clerk in the TV image denied any wrongdoing, saying he checked every ID.

ABRA sources say their undercover team consisted of African American young people. The usual customer base at Town Square Market would have been white youth, many from neighboring  Montgomery County. 

ABRA spokesperson Simms would not comment on whether a different team would be sent in next time.

She would only say their investigation would continue.

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