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122 underage individuals found with alcohol purchased at Mass. Ave store

The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission used the St. Patrick’s Day weekend celebration to kick off its “Operation Safe Spring” campaign.

Investigators seized some 49 cases of beer and 134 bottles of alcoholic beverages from 122 underage buyers at Quality Mart on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston over the weekend, officials said. Investigators also confiscated 112 fake IDs.

The buyers were mostly college students between 18 and 20 years old.

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“Stepped-up monitoring and enforcement can save lives and prevent tragedies before they happen,” Deborah Goldberg, the state’s treasurer, said in a statement. “Operation Safe Spring takes immediate and effective steps that result in the direct prevention of underage drinking and acts as a long-term deterrent to bar and package store owners serving and selling to underage individuals.”

The store will be cited for selling alcohol to underage buyers.

Maddie Kilgannon can be reached at maddie.kilgannon@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaddieKilgannon.