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Police: Copiague deli shut down for beer, alcohol sales to minors

Luis Marmol was arrested Friday, Feb. 23, 2018,

Luis Marmol was arrested Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, for selling alcohol and tobacco to people under 21 at his Speedy Mart Deli in Copiague, Suffolk police said. Credit: SCPD

A Copiague deli owner was arrested and his store shut down Friday after authorities charged him with selling alcohol and cigarettes to underage customers, Suffolk police said.

The bust marked the second time this month that authorities cracked down on a deli in Copiague.

On Friday, Suffolk County Police, responding to numerous community complaints, sent in underage police agents to the Speedy Mart Deli on Great Neck Road at 10:15 p.m. They purchased alcohol and cigarettes, authorities said.

In addition, authorities leveled 17 building, fire and code violations on the deli, condemning and closing the place, police said.

Owner Luis Marmol, 47, of North Babylon, was charged with sale of alcohol and tobacco products to a person under 21 and allowing consumption of beer on premises.

Authorities also found Marmol in possession untaxed cigarettes and charged him with criminal possession of stolen property.

He will be arraigned Monday.

Two weeks ago, two women and a man were arrested and the Dixon Deli & Grocery on Dixon Avenue was condemned and closed after police said they found gambling, drinking and code violations there.

The deli owner, Rosa Marmol, 44, was charged with two counts of having a disorderly premises as well as promoting gambling and possession of gambling devices, all misdemeanors, police said.

Police on Saturday said they could not immediately say whether Rosa Marmol is related to Luis Marmol.

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