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UNDERAGE ALCOHOL SALES

UNDERAGE ALCOHOL SALES

Stacy Case
West Nashville

   Metro Police confiscated all of the beer at a West Nashville market after numerous complaints and undercover buys.  Neighboring businesses say they saw teens walking out of the Stop and Shop Tobacco & Beer Market with cases of beer, all summer long, who didn't look old enough to even go to prom.
   
   The market on White Bridge Road is now shut down until a judge decides when and if the shop can reopen.  Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson says, "The market was selling it by the case and the children were literally drinking it by the case."

   Monday, Metro police and the District Attorney used a nuisance law to shut it down.  It's the first time in the department's history they've closed a market for selling to minors.  They say clerk Wael Timothawes and market operator Amen Naguib had fair warning. Back in August, the Metro Beer Board cited clerk Wael Timothawes twice for selling to minors.

  Police say a teen's parent revealed the code word to police that teens used to buy the beer.  The word that let Stop & Shop know they weren't working undercover for police, much like a modern day speakeasy.

    Incidentally, police say operator Naguib had cocaine on him at the time of his arrest Monday.