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Lexington Park liquor store fined

Leonardtown, MD- A Lexington Park liquor store was ordered to pay several fines after the St. Mary’s County Alcohol Beverage board found it guilty of several violations.

Canopy Liquors on Great Mills Road received three citations during a three-week period from Jan. 16 through Feb. 4. Two citations were issued after someone was caught drinking outside of the store; the third citation was issued for selling tobacco products to a minor.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said on two occasions, Jan. 16 and Jan. 18, an officer observed someone drinking on the porch of the liquor store. Both individuals received fines and the store was cited for “permitting a person to consume or open any alcoholic beverage on the premises or property.”

Canopy Liquors was cited Feb. 4 after an underage informant went inside and purchased a tobacco product and was not asked to show I.D.

The owner of the store, Nehaben Patel, was represented by attorney Shane Mattingly. She admitted to the incident involving the underage sale of a tobacco product and said that employee was fired.

Mattingly argued the other two citations, saying “there’s no evidence the alcohol was sold by Canopy or any employees knew what was going on.”

Patel told the board the store has four signs outside that prohibits the consumption of alcohol on store property, including the parking lot. There are also security cameras to monitor outside activity.

The board found Canopy Liquors guilty of all three violations. In total, the business was fined $2,500—of which at least half of that must be paid within 10 days. The remaining fine was suspended and will only be enforced if there is another violation involving Canopy Liquors.

Contact Joy Shrum at j.shrum@thebaynet.com

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