Five arrested for selling alcohol to minors

Published 7:07 pm Friday, January 3, 2020

LaFAYETTE — On New Year’s Eve, five people were charged with selling alcoholic beverages to underage persons in what the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office has dubbed “Operation New Year’s Resolution.”

Major T.J. Wood of the CCSO said that each person changed had been observed selling such beverages to underage customers without asking to see identification.

“They are required by Alabama law to confirm that they are at least 21 years of age before they can sell them alcohol,” he said. “In each case, these individuals sold alcoholic beverages to someone under 21 who exited the store with it, and in each case they didn’t ask to see an ID.”

The five clerks who are charged include: Din Mohammad, 39, of Lanett, who was working at Big Cat Fuels, 3006 South Phillips Road, Lanett;

Rodgerick D. Swanson, 31, of Cusseta, working at the Circle K store, located at 588 Fob James Drive, Valley; Shirmiracle Y. Mackey, 27, of Lanett, working at the Marathon store, located at 2310 South Broad Avenue in Lanett; Guy L. Thompson, 65, of Roanoke, working at Welch Super Service, 32300 Highway 431, Roanoke, and Chaudhry N. Mehmood, 61, of LaFayette, working at the Sunoco station, Veterans Memorial Parkway, LaFayette.

Major Wood said the sheriff’s office acted on this following multiple citizen’s complaints that alcoholic beverages were being sold to underage persons throughout the county.