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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 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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