OLCC stings Estacada and Eagle Creek gas stations

Estacada Chevron, Shell and Eagle Creek Jackpot issued citations during New Years sting

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office reported last week that three local businesses were cited for selling alcohol to a minor in late December.

The Eagle Creek Jackpot, Estacada Chevron and Estacada Shell Food Mart sold alcohol to an underage teen sting operator working with a multi-agency investigative team on Dec. 28 and 29.

The team conducted alcohol sales compliancy tests on 101 businesses in Clackamas County; 29 of them failed.

Cindy, a manager at Eagle Creek Jackpot, confirmed that one of her clerks did sell alcohol to a minor and received a citation, which the employee has gone to court for. The store manager said the clerk was not punished at work in addition to the citation and fine, as it was her first offense.

'Usually they realize they did something wrong,' said Cindy, who did not want her last name published. 'She took the rest of the evening off.'

The managers at Estacada Shell Food Mart and the Estacada Chevron could not be reached for comment.

Estacada Thriftway and Big Jim's Corner Market refused to sell alcohol to the minor sting agent.

Minors working with the team must look under 26 years old and must provide their legal identification if asked. The multi-agency team included Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies and cadets, Milwaukie Police officers and cadets and Oregon Liquor Control Commission employees.

Each of the 29 clerks who sold alcohol to the minor was issued a citation for furnishing liquor to a minor, a Class A misdemeanor with a mandatory minimum fine of $350 for first-time offenders. The businesses involved were also fined an amount determined by the stores' past record.