Cops: 10 arrested in illegal sale of alcohol, tobacco to minors

A police sting focusing on the illegal sale A police sting focusing on the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors resulted in the arrest of 10 shop workers in Hempstead and West Hempstead, including Kalpeshkumar Patel, left, 29, of Mineola, who police said sold alcohol to a minor from Fast Deli and Grocery at 478 S. Franklin St., Hempstead. Police said Serdar Yilmaz, center, 37, of West Hempstead, also sold alcohol to a minor from the Star Gas Station at 699 Fulton Ave., Hempstead. Police said Brigitte Yao, 37, of 101 Herbert Ave., Elmont, also sold alcohol to a minor from the Hess Gas Station at 435 Hempstead Tpke., West Hempstead. (July 31, 2013) Photo Credit: NCPD

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A police sting operation focusing on the illegal sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors resulted in the arrest of 10 shop workers in Hempstead and West Hempstead Wednesday, Nassau County police said.

The operation, dubbed "Project 21," was conducted by officers from the Fourth Precinct in conjunction with the Hempstead police department.

As part of the initiative police sent an underage operative into the stores. Those arrested were charged with prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage and unlawful dealing with a child -- and were issued appearance tickets returnable to First District Court in Hempstead on Aug. 15.

Arrested were:

Issa Masoud, 46, of 2559 Alder Ave., East Meadow, who police said sold alcohol to a minor at OK Petroleum at 151 Hempstead Ave., West Hempstead; Samir Sayed, 34, 81-04 251st Ave., Howard Beach, Queens, who police said sold alcohol to a minor from the Valero Gas Station at 210 Greenwich St., Hempstead; Kalpeshkumar Patel, 29, of 260 Andrews Rd., Mineola, who police said sold alcohol to a minor from Fast Deli and Grocery at 478 S. Franklin St., Hempstead; Balvier Singh, 41, of 89-09 Moline St., Queens Village, who police said sold alcohol to a minor from the BP Gas Station at 771 Peninsula Blvd., Hempstead; Deysi Morales-Umana, 23, of 45 Remsen Ave., Hempstead, who police said sold alcohol to a minor from Fast Deli and Grocery at 478 S. Franklin St., Hempstead; Reeinberto Rivera-Urruta, 63, of 24 Webb Ave., Hempstead, who police said sold alcohol to a minor from 159 Baldwin Deli at 159 Baldwin Rd., Hempstead; Dominick Alexander, 53, of 139 Dietz St., Hempstead, who police said sold alcohol to a minor from the Citgo Gas Station at 221 Baldwin Rd., Hempstead; Rafael Rodriguez-Medina, 50, of 196 Washington St., Freeport, who police said sold alcohol to a minor from PJ Grocery and Deli at 666 Fulton Ave., Hempstead; Serdar Yilmaz, 37, of 145 Willets Ave., West Hempstead, who police said sold alcohol to a minor from the Star Gas Station at 699 Fulton Ave., Hempstead; and, Brigitte Yao, 37, of 101 Herbert Ave., Elmont, who police said sold alcohol to a minor from the Hess Gas Station at 435 Hempstead Tpke., West Hempstead.

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