Seven stores in Kershaw County have been cited for illegal sales of alcohol or tobacco to minors.
Sheriff Jim Matthews says compliance checks were conducted earlier this week as part of a continuing effort to keep alcoholic beverages and tobacco products out of the hands of youngsters.
During the operation, undercover minors were sent into stores under the direction of the Sheriff's Office to make purchases and see if store personnel would check for ID.
Cited for underage tobacco sales were four stores in Camden – City Food Shop, Corner Pantry, Kangaroo and Food Shop.
Cited for alcohol sales violations were the Food Lion in Elgin, Lakeshore BP in Camden and the Kangaroo store in Lugoff.
The fine for selling tobacco to a minor is $465, and the fine for underage alcohol sales is $682.
As part of the penalty, the store clerk must undergo specialized training through the Palmetto Retailers Education Program.
And subsequent violations can ultimately result in the loss of a store's beer and wine license.