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Police warn parents about allowing underage drinking

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

It's graduation time and that means many will be celebrating, but police warn parents against allowing underage drinking.

Police say special teams will be out in the coming weekends and in summer to enforce alcohol laws.

Officials say regular checks of liquor stores resulted in a decline in sales to minors.  But overall alcohol sales increase this time of year, especially around Memorial Day when many hold graduation parties.

Police say Missouri's Hosting Law helps puts parents other adults on notice to not let minors drink.

"Even if the adult doesn't purchase the alcohol for the minor, if there's alcohol in the home accessible for minors to get it it's still the responsibility of the adult," says Sgt. Chad Allison of the Joplin Police Department's Special Enforcement Bureau.

Sgt. Allison says adults can be charged criminally or civilly in those cases.

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