GLEN - The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the New York State Liquor Authority, arrested 12 people accused of selling alcohol to minors in a recent sting operation at numerous locations around the county.
Over the last two weeks, authorities sent a minor into several stores and bars to try and buy alcohol. The following individuals were charged with unlawfully dealing with a child, a misdemeanor, and given tickets to appear in court:
-Renee L. Raux, 51, of 4 Handy Drive, St. Johnsville, was charged at the Little M Mart in St. Johnsville.
-Brandon Terrell, 31, of 68 Mohawk St., Fort Plain, was charged at the Save A Lot in Fort Plain.
-Nisar Rana, 40, of 11 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie, was charged at the Petro USA station in Canajoharie.
-Kenneth Daly, 70, of 5 James St., Johnstown, was charged at Daly's Liquor Mart in Palatine Bridge.
-Alcide T. Bourdeau, 69, of 14 Berthoud St., Nelliston, was charged at the Rite Aid of Palatine Bridge.
-Sukhlinder Singh, 56, of 70 Union St., Fultonville, was charged at the Betty Beavers Fuel Stop in Fultonville.
-Tammy M. Robb, 47, of 140 Lathrop Road, Gloversville, was charged at the Winner's Circle in Fonda.
-Erik Crane, 32, of 234 Division St., Amsterdam, was charged at Loopie's Pub in Tribes Hill.
-Carol Stearns, 53, of 72 James St., Amsterdam, was charged at the Kozy Corner in Tribes Hill.
-Shakit S. Rajawat, 28, of 2 Sanford Ave., Amsterdam, was charged at the Valley View Mart in Amsterdam.
-Jeffrey Zukas, 59, of 5 Main St., Amsterdam, was charged at the Dutch Mart convenience store in Amsterdam.
-Giovanni Objio, 52, of 127 Market St., Amsterdam, was charged at the El Caribe Market in Amsterdam.
According to the Sheriff's Office, 31 establishments were checked in the sting, and only 19 of them successfully checked the minor's ID and refused to sell alcohol to the minor. Officials said this is an unacceptable rate of compliance with the law and shows it is too easy for minors to purchase alcohol in the county.
In a news release, Undersheriff Jeffery T. Smith said: "38.7 percent of the time to be successful purchasing alcohol as a minor is far too dangerous. As proms, graduation and summer holiday seasons approach, this needs to change."
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