CONYERS - Four employees of a popular nightspot were cited Saturday morning after the Rockdale County Narcotics and Vice unit conducted a sting of illegal sales of alcohol.
According to a press release from the RCSO Saturday, four employees of Daddy's Sports Bar & Grill, located at 1381 Iris Drive, were cited for violating county ordinances governing the sale of alcohol to minors and/or the sale of alcohol after 2 a.m.
Two servers were cited for violating Rockdale County Code 10-48, which reads, in part, that it is unlawful for any person in charge of or employed in any place of business where alcoholic beverages are kept to knowingly permit any minor to buy or to allow to be bought for a minor any alcoholic beverages in or from the place of business.
One of those servers, along with another employee and the manager of Daddy's, was also cited for violating county ordinance 10-135, which states that alcoholic beverages may be sold for consumption on the premises between 8 a.m. Monday through Friday until 2 a.m. the following day, from 8 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays, and from 12:30 p.m. until midnight on Sundays.
Sheriff Jeff Wigington said the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office had received several complaints regarding underage consumption of alcohol and the sale of alcohol after hours at Daddy's.
The investigation began on Friday evening and continued through Saturday morning at about 2 a.m. when the RCSO Narcotics and Vice Investigation Unit engaged in an undercover sting operation at Daddy's to crack down on the sale of alcohol to persons under the legal drinking age as well as the sale of alcohol after hours as set by county ordinances.
"The Narcotics and Vice Unit used underage operatives to purchase alcohol shortly before closing time at the bar," Sgt. Jodi Shupe, spokeswoman for the RCSO, said in the press release. "The servers never asked for any identification and the attempts were successful. After 2 a.m., clearly after the bar was to have ceased the sale of alcohol, undercover operatives attempted to purchase alcohol and again were successful in doing so bringing further charges."
"The idea is to combat the furnishing of alcohol to people who are underage and the sale of alcohol after hours," Wigington said. "Our job is to prevent alcohol violations from taking place. It is critical to the safety of the county, and we won't tolerate merchants selling to minors."
Shupe said the violations against the four Daddy's employees were not arrestable offenses. However, deputies who were in the parking lot of Daddy's after the restaurant closed Saturday morning, did arrest five minors, all between the ages of 18 and 20. They were arrested for underage consumption of alcohol after they were asked to blow in portable alcohol sensors.
The identities of these five people were not available as of press time Saturday.
Shupe said Saturday that Cpl. Bob Cooley, commander of the Narcotics and Vice Unit, put in a request to Holly Bowie with Rockdale County's Legal Affairs Department, to revoke Daddy's alcohol license.