Gardena liquor retailers are trying to follow the law when it comes to selling alcohol, a yearlong crackdown revealed.

Police recently concluded a joint operation with state Alcohol and Beverage Control agents and report that since the operation began, the number of violations has decreased. Authorities conducted sweeps of bars, convenience and liquor stores, and set up sobriety checks to make citizens and retailers aware of the law.

"There has been a high level of awareness since this effort," said Gardena Lt. David Morgan. "The officers have become more aware of the laws and so has the community."

Morgan said that during the sweeps police found contaminated liquor bottles, establishments selling alcohol to minors and unlicensed game machines.

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