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Suffolk cops charge 6 store clerks accused of selling cigars to a minor

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Six clerks at Long Island stores were arrested Thursday evening for allegedly selling cigars to minors during an undercover police operation, Suffolk County cops said.

The Jan. 16 undercover operation occurred between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Police visited 30 stores in Bay Shore, Brentwood and West Islip during the initiative.

Six clerks were arrested and charged with unlawfully dealing with a minor. They are: Rajib Dev, 27, who worked as a clerk at a Citgo gas station on Udall Road in Bay Shore; Laig Sheikh, 44, who was working at the BP gas station on Fifth Avenue in Bay Shore; Harpeet Singh, 27, who was busted at Express Gas on Islip Avenue in Brentwood; Marghoobul Haque, 43, who was working at the Valero gas station on Union Boulevard in Bay Shore; Ceren Akkaya, 18, who was busted at Delta Gas on Union Boulevard in Wes Islip; and Marcos Pinto, 54, who cops said is the owner of Lucy and Marcos’ Deli on Brook Avenue in Bay Shore.

The six were all issued field appearance tickets and will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip at a later date.

Police said the cigars, referred to as blunts on the street, are commonly used to roll marijuana cigarettes.



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