The initiative – known as “Project 21” – was conducted Sept. 13 in Hicksville, Levittown and Farmingdale, police said. An undercover agent, who is underage, was sent into three stores and purchased alcohol “without being properly identified,” said authorities.
Three store clerks were arrested. They are: Belal A. Al-waqedi, 27, of Uniondale, who allegedly sold alcohol to a minor at Levittown Deli located at 149-151 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville; Aliah M. Lofton, 18, of Uniondale, who allegedly sold alcohol to a minor while working at Wal-Mart Grocery at 3335 Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown; and Erick E. Landaverde, 33, of Farmingdale, who allegedly sold alcohol to a minor at Quick Mart located at 756 Main Street in South Farmingdale.
All three clerks were charged with first-degree unlawful dealing with a child and prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage.
Al-waqedi and Lofton were released on desk appearance tickets and will return to court on Sept. 23 for arraignment.
Landaverde was held in police custody and is due to be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.