On Tuesday, June 4, 2013, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives conducted alcohol compliance checks at retail stores. Detectives conducted a controlled operation that sent minors into retail stores to attempt to purchase alcohol. The operation was part of Sheriff Mike Tregre’s continuing effort to deter the sale of alcohol to minors.
The operation resulted in the arrest of 11 individuals for violating Louisiana Revised Statute 14:93.11, sale of alcohol to a minor. In addition, the retail locations were cited by the
Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control for sale of alcohol to minors and will face possible fines and/or suspension of their liquor licenses.
The offenders are:
Mohamed Abdel-Wadoud, 44, Birdies Food Valero, 1296 Highway LA 44, Reserve
Tahmeka Kelly, 32, Circle K Gas Station, 4300 Highway US 51, LaPlace
Darrylnika Royal, 20, Min Hui Mart, 601 Main Street, LaPlace
Shadi Judeh, 23, Birdie’s Food and Fuel, 900 East Airline Highway, LaPlace
Brittney Whitehead, 28, Cheap Smokes, 1600 West Airline Highway, LaPlace
Osarumwense Vosper-Woghrien, 22, Big River Food and Fuel, 482 Belle Terre Boulevard, LaPlace
Jamal Hmaidan, 43, Cambridge Food Market, 1036 West Airline Highway, Suite 122, LaPlace
Mohammad Yousef, 32, Birdies, 483 Belle Terre Boulevard, LaPlace
Myshelle Nelson, 19, LaPlace Travel Center, 4325 Highway US 51, LaPlace
Yousef Mohamed, 22, Saints Express, 3357 West Airline Highway, Reserve
Yolanda Burks, 45, Pit Stop Petroleum, 2701 West Airline Highway, LaPlace
Sheriff Tregre pointed out that the following locations did not sell to the undercover minors:
Old Time Saver, 1724 Carrollwood Drive, LaPlace
Big River Food and Fuel, 2012 West Airline Highway, LaPlace
Lynn’s Grocery, 1170 Highway LA 44, Reserve
Birdies, 1524 Highway LA 44, Reserve
Millet Quick Stop, 1525 West Airline Highway, LaPlace
LaPlace Discount, 820 West Airline Highway, LaPlace
Stop N Save, 805 Newport, LaPlace
Chevron, 4308 Highway US 51, LaPlace
Pilot Travel Center, 4301 Highway US 51, LaPlace
Race Trac, 200 West Airline Highway, LaPlace
Cart N Carry, 930 East Airline Highway, LaPlace
Big River Food and Fuel, 1173 East Airline Highway, LaPlace
Road Runner Food and Fuel, 3547 West Airline Highway, LaPlace
Sheriff Tregre noted that these establishments and their employees are the first line of defense in the battle against underage drinking. He praised them for their continued efforts in making St John the Baptist Parish a safer and healthier environment for our youth.
The charges for which the previously mentioned individuals were arrested are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.