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6 arrested in underage alcohol sales

Six people were arrested Friday night in Suffolk County during separate undercover operations aimed at stopping sales of alcohol to minors, police said.

Officers from the Second Precinct crime section and Community Oriented Police Enforcement section arrested three clerks and a customer while conducting checks between 9:15 and 11:15 p.m. at six convenience stores in Huntington Station, Commack and East Northport, Suffolk County police said.

Three of the stores failed inspection and sold alcohol to undercover agents posing as underage buyers, police said. At those stores, three clerks were arrested and charged with unlawfully dealing with a child.

Police identified the clerks as Bhupinder Singh, 21, who works at the BP at 272 E. Rte. 25, Huntington Station; Cengiz Hurol, 49, who works at the U.S. Petroleum Gas Station at 6077 E. Rte. 25, Commack; and Ekran Boynuince, 50, who works at Food Star, 304 Larkfield Rd., East Northport.

A customer inside the 24-7 Convenience Store at 10 Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station, was also accused of allegedly offering to buy alcohol for an undercover officer posing as a minor, police said. The customer, Jose Santos, 30, was charged with unlawfully dealing with a child, police said.

In a separate operation Friday night, undercover officers from the Seventh Precinct Crime Section arrested two gas station clerks who allegedly sold alcohol to police posing as minors, police said.

Veli Fuat Ozlu, 24, who works at Millennium Gas Station in Ridge, and Shakeel Mehmood, 43, who works at the Trax Gas Station in Mastic Beach, were both charged with unlawfully dealing with a child, police said.

During the operation, police said they visited 23 stores in Mastic, Mastic Beach, Shirley and Ridge between 7:30 and 11 p.m. Some of the locations were chosen based on complaints from residents, while others were selected at random, police said.

All six people arrested in the operations will be arraigned at later dates in First District Court in Central Islip, police said.

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