Jersey Shore underage drinking crackdown

Jersey Shore underage drinking crackdown

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By MATT ALVAREZ

NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY) -- Now that the New Jersey shore is open for business, police business up and down the coast can continue.

More than two dozen shore towns are taking part in an initiative called Cops in Shops. The objective is simple: stop underage drinking.

Undercover cops from various police departments along the shore -- including Point Pleasant, Seaside Heights and Belmar -- will pose as employees in liquor stores and bars to catch anyone under 21 trying to buy alcohol.

Law enforcement will also target people 21 and older who are buying it for minors.

Participating police departments have received grants from the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Division in order to carry out the initiative.

Last summer in New Jersey, cops arrested 202 people involved with underage drinking.

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