Man charged in illegal liquor sales crackdown

January 5, 2019

The Herald-Dispatch

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A South Point, Ohio, man was among several individuals charged in December by the Ohio Investigative Unit and Ohio Liquor Control after an investigation into illegal liquor sales.

Gerald R. Osborne, 52, of South Point, was charged with the illegal sale of intoxicating liquor and illegal possession of intoxicating liquor, both first-degree misdemeanors, and illegal transportation of intoxicating liquor, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

In other, unrelated cases, Robert C. Jaskolka, 73, of Brunswick; Dennis M. Rigney-Carroll, 44, of Upper Arlington; Brian L. McSwain, 42, of Mason; and Joshua D. Ulam, 35, of Walton, Kentucky, were charged with illegal sale of beer or intoxicating liquor without a permit, a first-degree misdemeanor.

The cases will be sent to local municipal courts, where each person will face a maximum 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Osborne also may face another maximum of 210 days in jail and $1,250 fine.

Secondary market liquor sales often take place on websites, such as Craigslist and Facebook. The liquor oftentimes is acquired by sellers traveling to other states, purchasing bottles of liquor not found or difficult to find in Ohio, and later reselling the bottles in Ohio.

Capt. Gary Allen, commander of OIU, said purchasing liquor on the secondary market is dangerous, giving no guarantee of the safety of the bottle’s contents.

“Ohio has controls in place to ensure the contents inside liquor bottles are genuine and safe when purchased from authorized sources,” he said.

Ohio consumers are only permitted to purchase spirituous liquor from authorized sources from an Ohio Liquor Control location, which private businesses sell on behalf of the state of Ohio, or permitted retail establishments, such as bars and restaurants.

Anyone with information about secondary market liquor sales can contact OIU at No. 677.

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