Wareham Jug Shop caught in second liquor sting

Aug 01, 2018
Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department Alcohol obtained in a liquor store sting carried out by Wareham Police detectives on Tuesday, July 31.

The Jug Shop at 219 Main St. was caught for a second time by Wareham Police detectives on Tuesday, July 31, for allegedly selling alcohol to minors. This compliance check follows a sting which took place on Thursday, July 26, in which The Jug Shop was also cited.

The owner of the store, Adelaide Deponte, 68, of Mansfield, sold alcohol to an undercover operative on Tuesday and again on Thursday without asking for I.D., police said.

When approached by a detective about the sale, Deponte claimed police were trying to set her up.

In addition to the Jug Shop, Mayflower Liquors on 3150 Cranberry Highway also failed a compliance check when Aruna Johar, 65, of Plymouth, allowed the sale of the alcohol to a minor, police said.

Both will face criminal charges for selling liquor to a person under the age of 21.

“This is a very serious issue which I consider a matter of public safety," Acting Wareham Police Chief John Walcek said. "I am disgusted that a store owner would accuse a detective of this department that we are trying to set their business up. Obviously, they did not get the message that we will have zero tolerance for this crime. It is very simple, obey the law and there won’t be any issues.”

According to Walcek, the Wareham Police Department will be continuously following up on every business in town that has a liquor license.

Comments (13)
Posted by: Andrea Smith | Aug 01, 2018 16:12

Can't wait to see this one come before the Board of Selectmen. Once again kudos to the Acting Police Chief and Wareham's police officers! To the Jug Shop owner the police aren't setting you up; you're setting yourself up.

Posted by: Curiouscat | Aug 01, 2018 16:19

Wow!  I am shocked by this.  As I stated in an earlier post that we learn through our mistakes but now this falls on the store owner.  I am a firm believer in second chances but sorry Adelaide this one falls on you.  You should have learned the first time.  To blame your carelessness on the WPD is crazy.  Two wrongs don't make a right.

Posted by: totellthetruth | Aug 01, 2018 16:58

Adelaide thinking to herself: "Naww, they got me last week-they'll never check me again"

Posted by: totellthetruth | Aug 01, 2018 17:01

Question to the "Peanut Gallery".  Why is it always BUD?

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 01, 2018 17:16

I noticed that too.  Guess it's the standard all American beer.  Maybe also because older people drink it.  It may be part of the police test.  Younger are into all sorts of fancy craft beers and microbrew.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Aug 01, 2018 20:33

Note to Police - maybe it's time to change the brand of beer (see above comments)

Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Aug 01, 2018 21:52

Answer from the "Peanut Gallery": Because the person buying the beer is an underage millenial.  What do they know?  They've never tasted beer.  Nor goat urine, I presume.  Coincidence?


I'm wondering why so many old folks (who are my own age) are working these jobs when most of you people all look like you're twelve years old.

Posted by: Steve Holmes | Aug 02, 2018 07:53

Wow I thought this was an updated story. Both these places have had past issues. Setting her up? Give me a break ASK FOR AN ID. How simple is that. Well I am sure my former members of the Board and one in particular have always been tough when it comes to liquor licenses, I would not want to be the holder of the Jug or Mayflower license.  Especially Patrick, lower the boom on these folks brother, and make them understand that selling liquor to minors is against the law and a severe violation of  license holder. FYI before some start yelling there is a process to bringing in any one, legally before the Board, it does take a little time they have to be served notice etc. But also know that punishment is at the sole discretion of the Board, and they do have the power to take the license, and or not renew a license at the end of the year for any reason.

Posted by: WWareham resident | Aug 02, 2018 15:53

I'm going to stand by my comments on the WPD using underage  undercovers to help stop this because it seems to happen a lot.


IMHO there should be a zero tolerance policy for liquor stores selling to minors. Shut them down for first offense, 2 weeks,  second offense close them for a month, third offense they lose their liquor license.

I don't care if someone thinks it means nothing to shut them down versus the amount of money they make selling to minors. This is a deadly serious problem and God forbid one of those minors gets behind the wheel of a car and kills someone or just seriously hurt someone? Thankfully WPD is continuing to go after these people. They don't care about anyone but themselves.

Posted by: SammieJfive | Aug 02, 2018 15:59

Every year we hear about the stings for liquor and tobacco violations. I always expect a few screw ups. BUT, when I read it was the OWNER who violated X2, my jaw dropped to the floor!!! REALLY? I'd expect that from a young employee, but certainly not the owner, who is the keeper of the keys and license! Thursday one week, and Tuesday of the next? WOW!!!

Posted by: Kress | Aug 02, 2018 16:55

I appreciate acting Chief Walcek's efforts to make Wareham safer.  It's disgusting that the Jug Shop's owner would accuse the detectives of setting her up.  Get your act together and check those ID's.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 02, 2018 18:12

Owning and operating a liquor store at 68. Maybe this is an omen to retire.  Sell it, hand it down to the kids.


For lack of a better term, she made some "business limiting moves" here.  Successful liquor stores need their customers and the police on their side.  After all this, people may stop patronizing and the police certainly can't be happy with her.    Not good!

Posted by: QueenBee | Aug 04, 2018 08:58

Second offense in less than an week?  PULL THE LICENSE AND SHUT HER DOWN.  PERIOD!!!!!

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