Massapequa liquor store owner arrested in sting

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.

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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