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The Patriot Ledger
Posted Jul 23, 2008 @ 02:38 PM
Last update Jul 23, 2008 @ 08:55 PM

A Quincy man was arrested and charged with buying alcohol for a minor, and police think he may be linked to other such purchases in the Wollaston Center area.
James Brewer, 48, of 14 Putnam St. bought vodka Monday night for a 19-year-old girl who was participating in a police surveillance operation, police Capt. John Dougan said.
Brewer was charged with procuring alcohol for a minor and was held on bail overnight.
Dougan said police are investigating to determine whether Brewer made other local alcohol purchase for minors.
"We have had a real problem in the last month with underage kids walking around Wollaston Center intoxicated," said Lt. Peter Turowski, the department's alcohol inspector. "We feel this may go a long way toward stopping the problem."
Early Thursday night, a Quincy woman went to Massachusetts Fields Playground in Wollaston and found her 14-year-old daughter ill, Dougan said.
The woman brought the girl to Quincy Medical Center and was told that the girl had alcohol poisoning, Dougan said.
The woman contacted Turowski and said her daughter's friend knew of a man buying alcohol for minors in the area, Dougan said.
After police obtained a phone number for the man, a 19-year-old girl working with them called the number, Dougan said.
The girl spoke to a man, asking him to buy alcohol, and he said he would meet her behind Tobin Towers on Clay Street on Monday night, Dougan said.
"He told her to pay him $5 for buying the stuff, on top of the cost," Dougan said.
Police set up surveillance and, shortly after 8 p.m., Brewer rode up on a bicycle and took an order for pint of vodka, Dougan said. The girl gave him a $10 bill; police had recorded the bill's serial number, Dougan said.
A short time later, Brewer returned with a black plastic bag containing two bottles of vodka and placed it on a bench, Dougan said.
Police arrested Brewer, then verified that Brewer had purchased the vodka. Police also retrieved the marked $10 bill from the register, Dougan said.
Turowski said anyone with information about adults buying alcohol for minors can call his office at 617-745-5778.
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