Massapequa liquor store owner arrested in sting

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The owner of a liquor store in Massapequa was arrested Saturday night and charged with selling alcohol to a minor during a sting operation, Nassau County police said.

Ramnarine Ganesh, 55, of South Ozone Park, who owns Ivan and Sons Liquor Store at 1310 Hicksville Rd., sold a bottle of vodka to a minor at 8:47 p.m., police said.

Police were conducting a Project 21 initiative in which they sent an underage agent to about 10 locations in the Bellmore, Wantagh and Massapequa areas to try to purchase alcohol.

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Ganesh was the only one arrested during the initiative, police said.

Ganesh was charged with unlawfully dealing with a child and prohibited sale of alcohol to a minor. At his arraignment on Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead, Ganesh was ordered held on $2,000 bond or $1,000 cash bail, which he posted. He is due back in court on Wednesday.

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