Clark County deputies use informant in underage alcohol sting

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sting with a confidential informant, busting at least three people of allegedly selling alcohol to an underage person, according to court records.

Ashley Schwartz, 24; Sara Hawes, 28; and Heather Wright, 29, were charged with offenses involving underage person and appeared in Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday. All three face misdemeanor charges and pleaded not guilty.

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The busts were part of the Bethel Twp. blitz where law enforcement from different agencies cracked down on crime in Bethel Twp. on Friday night. Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett said selling alcohol to minors won’t be tolerated.

“I am not going to put up with it,” Burchett said.

Cracking down on selling to underage teens will result in less drinking and driving incidents, she said, and also deter sexual assaults.

“We felt that was important because this is a way to be protecting the juveniles in our community,” she said.

“We are sending a message,” Burchett said. “This was our first and it won’t be our last.”

An underage informant bought a can or bottle of alcohol from different locations, according to court records. Schwartz was at the Community Market, Hawes was at Pizza Plus in New Carlisle and Wright was at J &R Drive Thru.

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