The “Men in Black”, also known as the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, conducted an undercover sting operation Wednesday, targeting East Montgomery County retailer who profit from endangering children by illegally selling them items such as alcohol and tobacco. This week was chosen because local students were on spring break, with many left unsupervised, increasing the odds they would decide to experiment and make dangerous decisions.
Constable Rowdy Hayden, a father of three, has made helping keep youngsters safe and on the right track a focus of his agency from the beginning.
“Protecting our youth is an essential part of our job in law enforcement,” Hayden said. “When alcohol is placed into the hands of minors, danger and sometimes death can occur. As your Pct. 4 Constable, “I will do everything possible to keep our youth out of harm’s way.”
In Precinct 4, 48 businesses that sell alcohol were checked, and found to be in compliance. Four others were not. During this investigation, four adults were arrested for selling alcohol to minors, and three were cited for selling them tobacco.
Minors from the Kingwood , Porter, Splendora, and Cleveland areas assisted in the operation