Casino security can now detain underage patrons

July 15, 2009 12:54:25 PM PDT
Security guards at Atlantic City's 11 casinos can now detain suspected underage gamblers or drinkers on their own without waiting for police to show up. The presence of too-young customers has been a continuing problem in the nation's second-largest gambling resort.

The state Casino Control Commission approved a measure on Wednesday granting casino security officers expanded power to detain people suspected of being too young.

The legal age for casino gambling and drinking in New Jersey is 21. State statistics show hundreds of underage patrons are either arrested or detained inside Atlantic City casinos each year.

Several gambling halls have been hit with hefty fines for allowing underage patrons to gamble or drink.

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