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Police: 3 clerks sold alcohol to underage agent

Three store clerks were arrested, charged with selling alcohol to a minor, during a New York State Police sting operation in the Town of Southampton Wednesday, police said.

Police said clerks at seven of the 10 stores targeted in the operation declined sales -- in compliance with state code. The legal age to purchase alcohol in the state is 21.

Arrested were Karen Y. Castillo, 24, of Flanders, a clerk at the Flanders Deli & Grocery, 669 Flanders Rd., Flanders; Josselin Garcia-Aquino, 20, of Riverhead, a clerk at the Hampton Deli, 887 Flanders Rd., Flanders; and Marcia D. Cole, 52, of Riverhead, a clerk at the Hess Gas Mart, 816 County Rd. 39, Southampton.

All three were charged with unlawful dealing with a child and with prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage, police said. All were issued appearance tickets returnable at a later date at the Town of Southampton Justice Court, police said.

All sales involved an undercover operative, police said.

The seven stores found to be in compliance during the operation were: Thrifty Beverage Center, Riverhead; Shell Gas Mart, Hampton Bays; Melrose Deli, Hampton Bays; Bays Liquor, Hampton Bays; Hampton Bays Wines & Liquor, Hampton Bays; Hampton Beverage, Hampton Bays; and Shell Gas Market, Southampton.

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