15 Marion County businesses have been cited after they were caught selling alcohol to minors.
Marion County Chief Deputy Ralph Wright said the Sheriff's Department partnered with the Alcoholic Beverage Control in the investigation.
Several people between the ages of 18 and 20 were sent into multiple businesses with money attempting to purchase alcohol.
Out of 25 businesses tested, 15 sold the alcohol to the minors, Chief Wright said.
The Sheriff's Department cited the employee who sold the alcohol and the ABC cited the establishment. Chief Deputy Wright said if lottery machines were in the building, it could be subject to a third fine. Each business could be paying thousands of dollars in fines.
Chief Deputy Wright said there is no excuse for selling alcohol to minors. An underage drivers license in West Virginia is vertical and is a different color then those who are of age.
Chief Deputy Wright said some of the businesses didn't check the minors identification at all, while other looked at it and sold it anyway.
Listed below are the businesses who have been cited:
Chief Deputy Wright said the following businesses should commend their employees for refusing to sell alcohol to a minor: