Alcohol sting nets three locally

ALBANY — Three Montgomery County convenience stores were allegedly caught selling alcohol to minors during a joint state Liquor Authority and Department of Motor Vehicles operation, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

Lucky Mini Mart at 313 E. Main St. in Amsterdam; Mini Kwik at 4843 Route 30 in Amsterdam and Cumberland Farms on West Grand Street in Palatine Bridge all allegedly sold alcohol to a minor during a statewide investigation period.

On March 2, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced operations running through April to deploy enforcement investigators to over 500 licensed locations throughout New York.

At the halfway mark into the statewide crackdown, Liquor Authority underage buyers have already visited 339 establishments, finding 92 locations making illegal sales.

Additionally, DMV enforcement operations have resulted in 83 arrests of persons under 21 attempting to purchase alcohol and confiscated 92 fake IDs statewide.

According to the governor’s office, licensees charged with underage sales face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation, with fines starting from $2,500 to $3,000 for a first time offense. Repeat offenders also face potential suspension or revocation of their licenses.

Persons under the age of 21 found to be using fake IDs or false documents with the intent of purchasing alcohol can be arrested and have their license revoked for a minimum of 90 days or up to one year.

By Patricia Older

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