The number of underage drinking busts are growing as area police continue to crack down on nightclubs and stores that sell to college students and other underage patrons.
The first bust took place at Johnny Utah’s in Norwalk where police found more than 100 underage patrons, most Fairfield University students, followed by a bust on April 20 by Hamden police were another 100 underage people were found drinking at The Clubhouse on Whitney, according to Hamden Police Capt. Ronald Smith.
Smith said the underage drinkers were nabbed when members of the Hamden Police Department Street Interdiction Team and the state of Connecticut Liquor Commission raided the bar at 3816 Whitney Ave., for a liquor compliance check after receiving numerous complaints of underage drinking.
Upon arrival, officers asked patrons for their identification. The inquiry resulted in “approximately 100 people” under 21 years of age, Smith said.
Police also seized 42 fraudulent identifications. Several told officers they were not asked for IDs when they entered the club.
Numerous infractions were issued and the Liquor Commission is continuing the investigation.After clearing out the club, the team conducted a liquor compliance check at the Liquor Mart, 3837 Whitney Ave., where four people Four were issued infractions for possession of alcohol by a minor.
State officials are also investigating the liquor store for compliance issues.
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