Locals Arrested for Selling Alcohol and Tobacco to Minors

Six arrests in ‘Project 21’ Initiative occurred in Mineola, New Hyde Park and Garden City Park.

Nassau County Police have arrested 12 individuals for selling alcohol and tobacco to minors. Six of the arrests came from locations in Mineola, Garden City Park and New Hyde Park.

The arrests occurred on September 15 as part of the “Project 21” initiative within the Third Precinct.

According to Third Precinct officers, with the assistance of an underage agent, the following individuals were arrested for Prohibited Sale of an Alcoholic Beverage and Unlawful Dealing with a Child:

  • Kalpeshkumar Soni, 41, of Westbury sold alcohol to a minor from Cordial Wines and Liquors, Mineola.
  • Kay Duk Byun, 53, of Little Neck sold a pack of cigarettes to a minor at the Gulf Gas Station located at 2399 Jericho Tpke, Garden City Park.
  • Paul Krumholz, 22, of Garden City Park sold alcohol to a minor at Thrifty Beverage Garden City Park. 
  • Tan Lam Sze, 35, of Elmhurst sold alcohol to a minor at Mineola Liquor, Mineola.
  • Ram Gopal, 51, of Bellerose sold alcohol and a pack of cigarettes to a minor at BP gas station located at 200 Hillside Avenue, North New Hyde Park. Gopal is charged with an additional count of Unlawful Dealing with a Child.
  • Joseph Nazzari, 32, of Floral Park sold two alcoholic beverages to two different minors at New Hyde Park Wines & Liquors in North New Hyde Park. He is being charged with an additional count of Prohibited Sale of an Alcoholic Beverage and Unlawful Dealing with a Child.

The above defendants were released on a Nassau County Appearance Ticket returnable to First District Court, Hempstead on October 2.

Robert Scheschuk September 20, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Our Store was claimed to have sold to two minors, we are assuming that it was two "college" students from out of state that were female, but did produce I'D. Maybe the agents didn't tell the police they had fake id's and that's why so many got caught!!!!
Art Vandalay September 20, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Come on. The remarks are clearly racist. Stand on any corner on Terrace Ave between Maple & Jericho in NHP and watch the "American" drivers (as opposed to the "Middle Eastern looking drivers) blow past stop sign after stop sign above the speed limit.
Robert Scheschuk September 20, 2012 at 06:18 PM
actually they are breaking laws but the police refuse to enforce laws against them. I have tried but all they do is threaten me and protect these people. I even have a video of me trying to get them to enforce 3 broken laws and all they do is threaten to arrest me. the actual words.... Officer "your harassing the vendor" Robert "because you refuse to enforce the laws the vendor is breaking" Officer "Exactly" I have the video, if you doubt me.....
Paul Krumholz September 20, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Well I beleve he is @ Michele, and i understand the Fire department deals with alot of honest mistakes my grandfather was the commisioner of the water and fire district and cheif in the fire department. My great grandfather was also one of the founding members of it. I have been working there 3 years its my job not my career. They have a very clean record and they take their business very serious.
Kris September 20, 2012 at 09:45 PM
No it's not racist. It's about preserving a once great community. These people are not friendly, do not care about you if you are not one of them, have no regard for any laws, illegally house unreported people in their homes, charge higher rents to those who are not their kind, and the list goes on. It makes me gag every time I drive by the intersection of Hillside and Little Neck. There's a double standard here. Why not enforce these violations that they commit and force them to get the hell off our corners. This is a nice residential neighborhood, not midtown Manhattan. Look at how many nice family owned businesses along Hillside Ave have been forced to close shop for some Indian sweet shop or Pakistani goat meat butcher. How many Indian food emporiums do we need on each block? I have seen rats while in Bellerose. They will soon make their way to NHP. The quality of life in our neighborhoods has significantly decreased these past few years. I really wonder what is going to take the place of blockbuster on Lakeville n Hillside. Not to mention the Islamic center which has been bullying and coercing residents in that neighborhood to move so they can build a mega structure, most likely a mosque. Seems like bribery too me.
Kris September 20, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Rob, have you posted the video anywhere? Is there any way I can look at this. We need to approach the representatives , assemblymen, community boards, etc. with it to begin the clean up of our neighborhood. I'm in my early twenties, and at this point I would not want to raise a family in my home town.
Art Vandalay September 20, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Kris, Dubuque Iowa is 95% white. Right up your alley.
Robert Scheschuk September 21, 2012 at 03:46 AM
I did forget to mention that the video takes place in queens, and the vendor in question is gone. I can also supply the law the three vendors are breaking on little neck and hillside, as well as practical application. but the exact label of the law (ie part section, blah) I will have to get. The video is overall STUPID, but the exact time of what I said is labeled in the description. again I insist the full video is stupid and made when I was super angry about what was really going on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeIZ1cLcD7Q
Mr Nakas September 21, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I would just like to say that I worked at Beverage Barn for almost 10 years, my brother and many friends also worked there for many years also.. I consider the brothers that own the business good friends. Over my 10 year stint I worked the register about 6 years. There is no question in my mind that the owners have a zero tolerence policy with the cashiers on checking IDs on all alcohol purchases. I've witnessed numerous times when one of the owners have caught a minor with a fake ID then calls the police to have them arrested and the 3rd Precinct officer tries to talk him out of pressing charges stating "this will ruin the kids life". Mean while the same 3rd Precinct will run a sting opperation and arrest a 22 year old cashier for an honest mistake. You dont think this may ruin his life. i would like to know how many times they have run this sting operation at Beverage Barn and the cashiers have done there job and not sold to minors. You dont see those statistics do you. The family business has been open for more than 30 years obviously they have been doing a great job at checking IDs or they would of been shut down years ago.
Art Vandalay September 21, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Mr Nakas-- I have been trying to find out how the sting was operated. How was it conducted? How old was the underage buyer and what did they show as ID?
Robert Scheschuk September 21, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I was just reviewing some Liquor laws and found out that..... A parent is legally allowed to purchase Alcohol for a minor; As long as that minor was given alcohol by their parent, they may consume it anywhere, even in public........ SO HOW DO YOU PREVENT MINORS FROM DRINKING WHEN THEY ARE LEGALLY ALLOWED BY PARENTS PERMISSIONS, AND THE MINOR MAY DRIVE AS LONG AS THEY ARE .02 AND UNDER..... SO WHAT DID THESE FINES REALLY ACCOMPLISH? PROMOTING PARENTS TO BY THEIR CHILDREN BOOZE That can be found under New York State Liquor License laws http://www.sla.ny.gov/handbook-for-retail-licenses
Art Vandalay September 21, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Robert - are you insane?
Robert Scheschuk September 21, 2012 at 05:47 PM
@ ART, did you check and read what is in the link? it's true.....
Robert Scheschuk September 21, 2012 at 05:48 PM
@ ART, provide a link that says differently, all age limits are based on Purchasing, not drinking. so how will handing a store a fine do anything to stop minors from drinking?
Robert Scheschuk September 21, 2012 at 05:50 PM
@ ART check law (NY Penal Code/Penal Law) 260.20(2) and ABC Law 65(5)
Art Vandalay September 21, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I was referring to your comment in caps that screams "PROMOTING PARENTS TO BY THEIR CHILDREN BOOZE". My friend, these stings do not promote anything but the hope that the laws of the US regarding underage sale of alcohol & tobacco to minors is adhered to. I still can't comment on the actual crux of this story since I don't have all the facts about how the sting went down. But if the agent portrayed himself as clearly being underage, how was their an "honest mistake" (mentioned twice in comments above) ?
Robert Scheschuk September 21, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Honestly, the whole thing offers no proven truths but only "he said. she said" I want proof this sale happened without fake IDs. I feel these "Agents" Had fake ID's, we ID people who appear 30 or younger, 35 for me. So these "young looking agents" is false, or they DID use fake IDs and how do we protect ourselves from Fake IDs?
Art Vandalay September 21, 2012 at 06:18 PM
One would have to assume that the sting consisted of an obviously underaged individual who had no ID who attempted to purchase alcohol or cigarettes and was able to. Now, if that is the case here, this is no "honest mistake" by the sales clerk.
Robert Scheschuk September 21, 2012 at 06:19 PM
the reason I say it promotes parents to buy their children booze is because; you can't stop your child from drinking, so instead of putting them at risk, a parent will choose to buy for them so no legal issues rise over the purchase. it's a form of a parent protecting their child. If you have spoken to parents, you should know this is true. with the protecting part.
Robert Scheschuk September 21, 2012 at 06:24 PM
ok ok sooo Police ask minor to buy alcohol; can't be legal Police allow minor to purchase alcohol with no repurcussion; Not legal Agents use fake ID's to make purchase; Not Legal Sale to a minor by store; Not legal that's a 3-1 illegal action ratio if no fake ID then it's a 2-1 illegal ratio police participate in 2 to 3 crimes store participate in 1 crime based on that statistic, police commit 2-3x of illegal activities...... Excessive law breaking means entrapment, the Ends do NOT justify the Means..!!
Art Vandalay September 21, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Entrapment --- yes, that actually might be true here. That would be up to the judicial system to decide. Let's look at what you are saying above: Point #1 -- you admit this might not be illegal Point # 2-- there certainly could be repercussions (i.e. entrapment upheld followed by lawsuit) Point # 3-- Paul never said , nor does the article , that fake IDs were used Point # 4 -- agreed Bottom line is this -- we need to stop making excuses here and we need to stop selling alcohol to underage kids.
Robert Scheschuk September 21, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I do want to apologize to people I upset. We do not ever sell to minors intentionally and tell them no 50 fold until they leave. I do not trust what happened as I was on shift when it happened. I heard and saw IDing as there has been an increasing problem. Our guy is always on top and works very hard to deny all underage sales!
Art Vandalay September 21, 2012 at 07:43 PM
What is so "hard" about denying underage sales?? Kid comes in, puts booze on counter. Clerk takes booze off counter and tells kid to get the hell out of the store. It is not rocket science. Holy crap. You represent Thrifty?? Besides everything else, based on your comments above, I will never step foot in there again.
Michele Chambers September 21, 2012 at 08:01 PM
@Paul, interesting comment "honest mistake" that "honest mistake" could have hurt a child or children, that "honest mistake" could have ended in alcohol poisioning, that "honest mistake" could have convinced a child that he is invincible therefore doing something a child who isnt a victim of a "honest mistake" would not have done or tried. That "honest mistake could have gotten behind the wheel of a car with his/her friends. That "honest mistake" could have had so many different endings if it was under a different circumstance ,, Sorry mistakes like that should not happen, it is your responsibility as an employee put in postion of selling alcohol not to make mistakes.
Robert Scheschuk October 02, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Just a minor update, the two "agents" that came in to our store, wrote in their report they did show ID's, now that is entrapment!
Robert Scheschuk October 02, 2012 at 12:59 AM
"we need to stop selling to underage kids." older siblings, friends, and parents by children alcohol. how will pointing all blame at the liquor store really solve anything? I wonder if they hit up places like CVS, Walgreens, Stop & Shop........ you get me I hope. if they only targeted the local business, who do you think support that sting? I find this to be very important, you can't be biased and target some and not all, that would be prejudice as well...... just have to wait and see still.
Robert Scheschuk October 02, 2012 at 01:01 AM
right, so then what when they don't leave? call the police. now that we're waiting they're stocking up about to run out the door and we can't do anything; or they may threaten us in which case... we have to wait. you do not seem to know anything about retail, so I think you should not talk.
Robert Scheschuk October 02, 2012 at 01:03 AM
rely on judicial system? the one that let casey anthony go free? the one that let's rapist cops who admit to rape get off scott free.... where do you live? I'd like to move there.
Art Vandalay October 02, 2012 at 01:40 AM
To Robert- yes, they may have showed ID- but the question has yet to be answered -- did the ID state that they were under aged? I think that is how the sting is conducted. They walk in , present themselves as under age , and yet they are sold alcohol. Are you saying the ID's stated they were of age? If so, how could the cops be conducting a sting? An under-age kid can walk in who looks of age, has very good fake ID, and is sold alcohol. That's not how these stings are run. You work there and obviously are monitoring these comments. Can't you find out how the sting was operated?
Vincent October 02, 2012 at 10:34 AM
The above defendants were released on a Nassau County Appearance Ticket returnable to First District Court, Hempstead on October 2. Hope the Patch follows up and let's us know what happened today in court.


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