CARIBOU – Three young men and two store clerks face several liquor-related charges after state police discovered the minors allegedly had succeeded in purchasing liquor from two local stores, Trooper Fred Thomas said Monday.
Anthony Ouellette, 20, of Stockholm and Ryan Cousins, 20, and Jeremy Cyr, 20, both of Caribou, were charged with illegal possession of alcohol by a minor. Ouellette also was charged with a zero tolerance driving violation for the incident.
Thomas was on routine patrol at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday when he saw a young male leave the Dead River Food Trend on High Street and get into a car while carrying an 18-pack of beer.
Thomas said that he stopped the vehicle and found three young men and more beer in the car. Ouellette was driving and Cousins allegedly had purchased the beer at Food Trend.
When questioned about a 12-pack of beer in the car, the minors allegedly admitted that it had been purchased at Ouellette Variety on Sweden Street.
Thomas said his investigation determined that store clerks at both stores had not checked the young men’s identification.
The trooper charged the minors for purchasing the alcohol. He also charged the two clerks with selling liquor to a minor. The two stores were charged with administrative sale to minors violations.
Thomas said the violations against the stores are pending and results will “come out of Augusta.”
The trooper made a total of eight charges in the case.
A court date for Ouellette, Cousins and Cyr has been set for Nov. 9 in Caribou District Court.