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Deputies write tickets during underage alcohol buys

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Before several deputies hit the street Matt Smith, a deputy with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, debriefed a group of undercovers Friday night.

"Anybody have any questions?" Smith said. Smith isn't briefing deputies, but talking to a group of underage informants.

"If they ask you about your age, tell them how old you are," Smith said.

The young informants are working undercover with detectives during underage alcohol buys.

A FOX Carolina crew went along for the ride. Investigators said it didn't take long for the first bust.

A 20-year-old informant walked into Ed's GT's Express Mart on West Blue Ridge Drive and deputies said she walked out with a six pack of beer.

Once inside, deputies explained why they had to write the clerk a ticket.

"I just got a phone call and that was on my mind, not the I.D., I'm sorry," the clerk said.

Matt Smith wrote a $670 ticket. The manager of GT's Express said the clerk made a mistake. He said he just posted a digital I.D. sign on the wall as a reminder for clerks.

"I don't promote underage, not here," the manager said.

The next stop was Westside Quick Shop on West Blue Ridge Drive where the informant walked out of the store empty-handed. Investigators said the clerk, Toni Coleman, followed the law and checked I.D.

"She was a very nice looking young lady, but you're a minor even though you look older," Coleman said.

But just a couple of blocks down the street, Dorsey Lay, a Greenville County deputy wrote another ticket.

"We're at 1609 West Blue Ridge Drive," Lay said.

Lay said there was an illegal sell at the Kangaroo store. He said the informant bought a six pack of Bud Light.

"Once I issue a citation, I'll give you a court date and also explain the class you can take," Lay told the clerk.

And investigators said it only took a few minutes to complete an illegal liquor sell at T. D.'s Spirits.

"What it comes down to is just checking the I.D.," Lay said.

A move, deputies said, that will keep everyone safe.

A FOX Carolina crew stopped at five stores with deputies and an informant. Out of those locations, deputies said three clerks illegally sold alcohol to the underage informant. Investigators said although they wrote several tickets Friday night, several other clerks followed the law.

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