The Sept. 17 operation landed the two arrests after troopers from the Riverside barracks conducted the “underage drinker enforcement detail” at multiple businesses in East End communities.
Police said the undercover agent was able to purchase a can of Bud Light at Lenny’s Pizza and Pasta in Jamesport. The clerk, Christine Miller, 40, of Jamesport, allegedly allowed the teen to buy the booze without checking ID. She was charged with unlawful dealing with a child and prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage.
A second clerk at La Tienda in Mattituck was also arrested during the Tuesday sting. Cops said Liliana Gomez Orellana, 34, of Jamesport, allegedly allowed the minor to buy another Bud Light at her shop, as well. She was charged with unlawful dealing with a child and prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage.
Police and the underage agent also visited the 7-Eleven store , Murphy’s Spirit Shoppe, J. Shields Fine Wines, Handy Pantry and BP Gas/Okan Grocery in Mattituck, as well as Empire Gas Mini Mart in Laurel. All of those stores refused to sell alcohol to the minor, said police.
The two women who were arrested were later released on appearance tickets. They will appear for arraignment at Riverhead and Southold town courts at a later date.