The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) today announced the results of an underage sting operation conducted on August 24, 2022 in New York City. SLA investigators, working with the New York City Police Department’s 32nd Precinct, conducted a joint underage-drinking operation using an underage agent, visited three licensed locations. The undercover agent was able to purchase alcohol at all three of the businesses visited.
The businesses selling to minors were:
- 2400 Deli & Grocery Corporation
2400 7th Ave, New York
- Jude NY Inc (d/b/a Anan Gourmet Deli)
2391 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York
- Moe Gourmet Deli Corp (d/b/a Moe Gourmet Deli)
2911 Frederick Douglas Blvd, New York
Licensees charged by the SLA with underage sales face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation, with fines starting from $2,500 to $4,000 for a first-time offense. Repeat offenders also face possible suspension, cancellations, or revocation of their licenses. In addition, employees or licensees who sell to minors can be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. Persons under the age of 21 found to be using fake IDs or false documents with the intent of purchasing alcohol can be arrested and have their license revoked for a minimum of 90 days or up to one year. Undercover agents work under the direct supervision of SLA Beverage Control Investigators.