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West End Store Clerks Charged in Alcohol Sting


Two West End store clerks were charged with selling alcohol to minors last week as part of a police sting operation called Project 21.  
    
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Tulsidai Ramdayal, 58, of Elmont, a clerk at Alabama Deli at 884 W. Beech St., and Song Woong Ho, 50, of Long Beach, a clerk at Friendly Deli at 800 W. Beech St., were arrested and charged with prohibited sale of alcoholic beverage on Jan. 17.
  
According to the Long Beach Police Department, on that date Lt. Eric Cregeen and officers Paul DeMarco and David Walpole worked together with a 20-year-old agent on both assignments, during which the agent was able to purchase a six-pack of beer from both Ramdayal at Alabama Deli and Ho at Friendly Deli.  

Ramdayal and Ho were each issued summons for violation of ABC Code 65-1, Prohibited Sale of Alcoholic Beverage to an individual under the age of 21.

Project 21 works in conjunction with and is funded by the Long Beach Medical Center's Coalition To Prevent Underage Drinking

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jvining January 24, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Money for these sting operations do not come from city resources. Funding comes from a grant awarded to the Medical Center - in part because LB teens are drinking at a rate that is significantly higher than the NYS average.The compliance checks are part of an evidence-based approach that uses many tools, including increased law enforcement, limiting access to alcohol and educating the community that underage drinking is a serious public health issue- not a 'rite of passage.' You can learn more about the serious issues concerning underage drinking by visiting www.notaminorproblem.org".
J.F. January 24, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Good riddance to Alabama Deli! They were charging upwards of $40 for water after Hurricane Sandy.... What a shame. They are NO friend to our city. Be rid of them.
Beachguy January 24, 2013 at 07:36 PM
JF -- if that's true then they should be reported to the gouging hot line that was established. And then word should be spread and a boycott introduced.

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