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Melissa Puett, deputy public defender with the Mohave County Public Defender’s Office, shows a sampling of energy drinks available at convenience stores and other local retail businesses. The two she is holding, Sparks and Tilt, contain alcohol, while those on the desk are non-alcoholic.

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Alcohol-laced energy drinks cause concern

How energy drinks are marketed is being called into question by at least two people concerned with underage drinking. Melissa Puett, deputy public defender in the Mohave County Public Defender's Office, brought up the topic of alcoholic and non-alcoholic energy drinks toward the end of an April 8 meeting of The Coalition for Successful Youth Development.