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Riverhead store clerks accused of selling alcohol to minor

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Two clerks were arrested Friday at Riverhead-area businesses after they allegedly sold alcohol to an underage police agent during a sting operation, New York State Police said Monday.

Cops said the underage and undercover agent was able to purchase alcohol from the Time to Eat Café at 123 West Main St. in Riverhead. As a result of the investigation, police arrested the clerk, Felix Jerez-Estevez, 46, of the Bronx.

At a second store, the Riverhead Supermarket & Deli, at 945 West Main St., the minor was again able to buy booze, cops said. The clerk at that store, Breny Castillo, 21, of Freeport, was also arrested.

The two men were each charged with unlawful dealing with a child and prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage. They were both issued appearance tickets and will face a judge at the Riverhead Town Justice Court at a later date.

Police said the underage agent visited 12 other stores in the Town of Riverhead during the sting operation, which were all found to be in full compliance with the law. They are: Polish Town Corner Deli; Main Street Quick Stop; Lucky Wine & Liquor; Stop N Go Mini Mart; Peconic Wine & Liquor; OK Gas Mini Mart; Village Delicatessen; MG Deli; Mae’s Deli; Village Grocery; Railroad Market & Grocery; and Oscar Deli & Grocery.

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