Yonkers Police Investigate Illegal Four Loko Sales

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — After the recent firestorm surrounding the alcoholic energy drink some call “blackout in a can,” there has been increased scrutiny on the sale of Four Loko to teenagers.

CBS 2 reporter Tony Aiello rode along with Yonkers police and a 17-year-old undercover agent Friday night as they investigated whether the beverage was being sold without proper identification checks.

“A lot of kids around my age are obsessed with the Four Loko drink,” the teen working the Yonkers Police Youth Division told Aiello.

While police came up empty on the first two stops of the operation, the undercover agent was able to get store clerks at the next two locations to sell him the drink, clearly marked with a “We ID” label.

Both of those store workers were teens — one 16 years old and the other 17 years old. They are both expected to face charges and the establishments will face fines from the state liquor authority.

“That’s pretty scary,” James Lloyd of the Yonkers Police Department said. “Teens selling this to teens, that’s not good.”

Alcohol is a big concern in Yonkers, where police said it is responsible for some of the trouble that snares its young people.

“It can contribute to violence. It can contribute to sexual attacks, other anti-social behavior, which, again, it does fuel some of our problems here in Yonkers,” Yonkers Police Commissioner Edmund Hartnett said.

“My goal is to stop teens around my age from buying these Four Loko drinks. They’re not healthy for you — not healthy for you at all,” the undercover teen agent said.

Under a deal with the state liquor authority, Friday is the day the company that makes the drink stopped shipping it to New York.

Retailers, however, can continue to sell what they have in stock and Yonkers police said they thought illegal sales would continue to require their attention.

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  1. Bill F says:

    This is ridiculous. Mass hysteria over a caffenaited alooholic drink. Hard liquour is much worse than this drink yet it recieves no public srutiny. The news media fuels these mass hysterias. This is just another iteration of George Orwell’s Wor of the Worlds broadcast.

  2. Latoria Patterson says:

    If you drink Four Loko you need to stop! I had to because of the caffeine in it.When you come down off of it,it has you body shaking like you drunk a whole bunch of coffee.So there for its not good for people who dont drink coffee.It does make you blackout.

  3. eric says:

    Br Careful! The Yonkers Police kill people who are witnesses or have evidence against the judges. Doran is the kingpin of corruption.

  4. eric says:

    Br Careful! The Yokers Police kill people who are witnesses or have evidence against the judges.

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