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Cops: Mattituck store owner caught selling alcohol to minor

06/20/2016 10:27 AM |

An Underage Drinker Enforcement Operation in Southold Town resulted in one arrest Friday, New York State police said. 

Recep Zaim, 49, of Cutchogue was arrested for selling alcohol to a minor, police said.

The New York State Police Barracks in Riverside checked 12 establishments during the operation and only one failed to be in compliance, police said.

Mr. Zaim, the owner of Okan Grocery at the BP gas station on Route 25 in Mattituck, was charged with second-degree unlawful dealing with a child and prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage, police said. He was issued appearance tickets to appear in Southold Town Court at a later date.

Locations that were checked and passed were:

  • Empire Mini-Mart on Main Road in Laurel
  • 7-Eleven on Main Road in Mattituck
  • Vintage Mattituck Liquors on Main Road in Mattituck
  • La Tienda on Main Road in Mattituck
  • J. Shields Fine Wines on Main Road in Mattituck
  • 7-Eleven on Main Road in Cutchogue
  • Valero Food Mart on Main Road in Cutchogue
  • Peconic Liquors on Main Road in Cutchogue
  • Handy Pantry on Main Road in Mattituck
  • At Your Service Beverage on Main Road in Mattituck
  • Quick Mart on Main Road in Cutchogue

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