The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of 13 people for allegedly selling alcoholic beverages to under-aged customers at area stores, among them one in Philipstown. Law enforcement authorities said the arrests occurred after compliance checks in every village and town in Putnam County, conducted at various times of day and on different days of the week, over several weeks.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, establishments involved in the case include the Cold Spring Quick Stop on Route 9, a few miles north of Cold Spring and Nelsonville. The department stated that during the checks, an under-age individual, directly supervised by a law enforcement officer, attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from stores without showing the proof of age required by New York State law. The department said that upon completing an illegal sale, the store clerk selling the product was arrested and charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the First Degree, a Class “A” misdemeanor. Each was released without bail pending future court appearances in the appropriate local criminal court.
If convicted, each defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for up to one year and fined up to $1,000. Additionally, each establishment faces likely imposition of administrative sanctions by the New York State Liquor Authority. Penalties may include a fine, and suspension or revocation of the license to sell alcoholic beverages.
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