Forest Park police, working with the Illinois State Police ran an underage drinking sting operation the week before Thanksgiving, police said.

Underage patrons entered bars in Forest Park and attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages Nov. 21. Local ordinance citations were issued to establishments where underage drinkers were served.

“We issued seven citations to area bars,” said Forest Park Detective Sgt. Michael Keating. Establishments caught serving a minor can be fined up to $750, he said. Keating declined to identify the bars involved.

“That’s a lot of money, but it’s really an important issue,” he said.

The sting is ongoing Keating said.

Forest Park police also participated in an underage tobacco sting Nov. 20. Two establishments, Casa de Puros cigar store on Madison Street and Tobacco and Snack on Harlem Avenue, were issued citations for selling cigars to youth agents.

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