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Jul 10, 2016 12:28 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police: Six Sold Alcohol To Minors In Sting Targeting Southampton Town Businesses

Jul 11, 2016 10:41 AM

Six people—a bartender, two deli clerks and three gas station attendants—were arrested Friday for selling alcohol to underage police agents as part of a sting targeting the illegal sale of alcohol.

Additionally, three people were arrested on misdemeanor marijuana possession charges after they were observed smoking pot on the front deck of a North Sea bar, while four others—including the owner of a Sag Harbor establishment—were ticketed for either hiring unlicensed guards or working as security without the proper certification.

The sting targeted 18 businesses in Southampton Town and was carried out by agents with both the Southampton Town Police Community Response Unit and the New York State Liquor Authority.

Authorities charged the following individuals with one count each of prohibited sale of alcohol to a minor and first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child, both misdemeanors: Andrew Luzenko, 23, of Delray Beach, Florida, a server at the North Sea Tavern on North Sea Road in North Sea; Maria Pereiraramos, 33, of Flanders, an employee of the Garden Deli on Flanders Road in Flanders; Perfecto Yanez, 33, of Riverhead, a worker at Marta’s Deli on Riverleigh Avenue in Riverside; Turgut Uyaniker, 49, of Centereach, a clerk at the Shell gas station on Lake Avenue in Riverside; Melissa Immerman, 28, of Southampton, an employee of the Speedway gas station on County Road 39 in Southampton; and Joseph Clark, 23, of Flanders, a clerk at the Cumberland Farms gas station on County Road 39 in Southampton.

Three patrons of the North Sea Tavern were arrested after agents spotted them smoking marijuana on the front deck of the establishment. Christina Boykin, 28, of North Sea, Jason Halsey, 26, of Durham, North Carolina, and George Williams, 29, of Santa Barbara, California, were all charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor, authorities said. Mr. Williams was additionally charged with one count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after agents found him with a quantity of cocaine.

And a security guard at the North Sea Tavern—a 46-year-old Bohemia man—was cited after investigators learned that he lacked the proper state license to work security, a violation.

Additionally, the owner of Back Page on Main Street in Sag Harbor was cited after authorities learned that he had unlicensed security guards working at his establishment. The owner, a 67-year-old Manhasset man, was charged with employment of unlicensed security guards, a violation. Two of his security guards—a 29-year-old Shirley man and a 26-year-old Mastic Beach man—were also ticketed for lacking the required state license to work as guards.

All of those arrested were transported to police headquarters in Hampton Bays for processing and released on their own recognizance. They must report to Southampton Town Justice Court at a later date.

Police said that several of the 18 businesses targeted as part of Friday’s sting were investigated based on community complaints regarding the sale of alcohol to minors and other illegal activities. They added that additional stings will be conducted in the future.

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Then there are also the four bartenders at Jue Lan Club also arrested for alleged sales to underage drinkers according to the NY Post...
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Jul 10, 16 12:44 AM
So, the agents were "posing as minors"?

Would that not mean they were not actually minors, which means no crime was actually committed?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 10, 16 5:21 AM
Story will be clarified, Mr. Z. The agents were minors. Thank you.
By Frank Costanza (19), Westhampton Beach on Jul 10, 16 7:40 AM
Isn't "clarified" in this instance just a weaselly way of saying "corrected?"

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jul 10, 16 8:13 AM
It says underage police agents so where is the confusion...exactly.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jul 16, 16 10:17 PM
I've seen them sting with one over 21, and one under 21. The big stinger orders two drinks...then gives the underage stinger the alcoholic beverage. Then the bartender is at fault for not checking who the other drink was for.
By foodwhiner (148), Southampton on Jul 10, 16 7:23 AM
Okay, let's just kill business in the height of the summer! Jeez, we've got much bigger fish to fry, no?
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Jul 10, 16 10:41 AM
I think stopping underage kids from drinking and probably driving is a pretty big fish. No? Some bartenders and clerks are just too lazy to check IDs. Bad management.
By harbor (415), East Hampton on Jul 10, 16 12:49 PM
Kind of shocked me that the clerks were actually held overnight in jail.
By Callie (30), Sag Harbor on Jul 10, 16 10:54 AM
It's pathetic. The Hamptons are doomed.
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Jul 10, 16 12:05 PM
What's really pathetic is that they're still arresting people for the possession of cannabis.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 10, 16 12:20 PM
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I agree with InfoSeeker. The department is always complaining about low staffing and we have them out there ruining people's lives who are out there just to make a buck. Bigger fish to fry for sure.
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Jul 10, 16 12:49 PM
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How about we focus on the epidemic of heroin in Long Island, rather than a non-issue of underage drinking...? When is the last time a bartender was held responsible for an accident involving an under age drinker..?
By The Royal 'We' (199), Southampton on Jul 10, 16 3:55 PM
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or held accountable for ANYTHING that happens after they leave your establishment?
By freedomofspeech (15), Hampton Bays on Jul 15, 16 11:51 AM
notice they never have a sting at the Bordy Barn?
just saying
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jul 10, 16 7:37 PM
It probably never occurred to you that the staff of The Boardy Barn might be conscientious enough and sufficiently well-trained that any sting operation came up empty?

Same as with other retail liquor establishments whose names don't show up in these reports.

Nah, that wouldn't occur to you, or if it did, you're ignore it since it doesn't fit your miserable view of the world.

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jul 10, 16 9:04 PM
really frank- wake up
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jul 11, 16 7:45 AM
Agreed - how many other establishments were involved that had no infractions. We'll probably never know. These are just the ones who broke the law. Tony runs a tight ship.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Jul 11, 16 9:24 AM
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Yeah, CS, REALLY! I know what I'm talking about, and you and C1 don't!

And G, whose reading comprehension skills are in question, is attempting to conflate underage drinking with public intoxication.

- Wide awake in the West End!
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jul 11, 16 9:45 AM
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"Tony runs a tight ship" Yes, yes you can see that any given Sunday by going to Moe's with your family and running into the freak festival that is BB last call
By They call me (2826), southampton on Jul 11, 16 4:42 PM
you gonna wish them away to the cornfield Marlin ?
By joe hampton (3461), Hamptons on Jul 12, 16 7:26 PM
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That Boardy Barn is the bane of Hampton Bays and the idea that anything conscientious goes on there is a fiction.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jul 16, 16 10:20 PM
Royal WE is right.. this is downright juvenille by a bunch six figure saleried waste of timers
By dave h (193), calverton on Jul 10, 16 11:21 PM
Hey Frank. Please stop down at the Wild by Nature in HB next Sunday. Come by around noon & again after 8. Let me know how that scene of Barn drunks would do in your community and take a close look at how wasted they are. The barn pays off the SHTPD so they don't get the stings.
By G (342), Southampton on Jul 11, 16 7:14 AM
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You are mixing apples and oranges. Yes, I am sure there are people who drink too much at the barn. This article was about under aged drinking and unlicensed security guards. Are you saying those at Wild By Nature are underaged, unlicensed security guards?
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Jul 11, 16 9:27 AM
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Once again, someone has to mention the Boardy Barn in a bad light. And to think that there are "payoffs" as you put it G is ridiculous. Go to Dewey Beach, where there are 4 Boardy Barn type places, and see how its done. Also, 21 is absurd. You wonder why there is such a drug epidemic hitting our youth when it is easier to score heroin than buy a six pack of Bud.
By The Real World (368), southampton on Jul 11, 16 8:06 AM
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Good points Real World. 21 is absurd. It should be 18 and these places that sell alcohol shouldn't have to police every customer that walks thru the door. What do these clerks make? $10 bucks an hr and they're taking the rap for selling to minors or being given penalized in these sting operations? How bout penalizing those who are underage making the purchases and let the businesses do their jobs without having to worry about sneaky sting operations. Honestly, work on the heroin epidemic and leave ...more
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Jul 11, 16 8:58 AM
Wow, how difficult is it to ask for ID?

I thought those arrested (who were underaged) are charged.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Jul 11, 16 9:26 AM
Infoseeker, too much money involved. Just like with the social host laws, enforcement goes where the money is. Think of all the agencies and departments created to deal with under age drinking and the drug epidemic. Someone still has to make the case to me why an 18 year old is responsible enough to Vote, go to war, marry, file separate tax returns, have autonomy over their lives with Hippa laws and alike, but they can't be responsible enough to walk into a bar. If someone is going to drink and ...more
By The Real World (368), southampton on Jul 11, 16 9:08 AM
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I agree, these are deli clerks and gas station attendants. They don't make much and to ruin their lives for a mistake or hesitating to ask for ID seems kind of simple minded. Like we're actually accomplishing something by this. A 26 guy in WHB just died from a Heroin OD. Come on..
By lirider (288), Hampton Bays on Jul 11, 16 9:47 AM
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Isn't asking for ID to purchase alcohol required by law?
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jul 16, 16 10:23 PM
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Please support our police,this is not the time to be questioning the way they carry out their duties.we need them now and they should know we support them.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Jul 11, 16 11:22 AM
Why does that North Sea place always get targeted? Seems like they were just starting to turn it around and now this. What about all the nightclubs where 50% of the patrons have fake IDs?
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Jul 11, 16 12:00 PM
The Boardy Barn runs a tight ship when it comes to underage drinking and licensed bouncers, hence the back of their shirts. "Only Doing My Job".
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jul 11, 16 12:39 PM
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Oh stop it. Hampton Bays is overrun by stumbling drunks on Sunday afternoon. That place is gross and turns drinking from a social activity into a contact sport. The reason the Boardy Barn comes up in a negative light under any story about drunks is because that is who the Boardy Barn caters to. Drunks.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Jul 11, 16 12:50 PM
and pigs
By 27dan (2854), Shinnecock Hills on Jul 11, 16 4:45 PM
That whole clique is UNTOUCHABLE in SH Village , freakin pitiful. Their friends are under the Cuomo umbrella for some code violations that have gone unchecked for years.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jul 12, 16 6:38 AM
So VERY WELL said Bigfresh !! At this point I think "freakin pitiful" is an understatement
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Jul 12, 16 8:41 AM
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This is ridiculous! The North Sea Tavern is a wonderful gathering place for the community to come to eat, relax, and listen to some live music. There are police officers, fishermen, families, and summer folk ... it's a great mix and it's crazy that just one incident where a couple of young people make a mistake - and it can tarnish the establishment and the people that work there. They depend on working - especially at this time of year - for their livelihood! I agree with icecreamman in the previous ...more
By Lucky Luke (2), Garden City on Jul 12, 16 5:34 PM
This sting is timely - bet you dollars to donuts that SO many owners and employees of bars, restaurants, gas stations, convenience stores and wherever else alcohol is sold sit up and take notice and straighten out their thinking with regard to doing something so easy as to stay on the right side of the law. This will prevent dwi accidents and save lives. As for simply hiring knuckleheads to be bouncers at a bar - without the proper training and licensing these are the people that usually end up ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jul 16, 16 10:32 PM
Entrapment in the Land of No!
By southampton6 (13), Southampton on Jul 20, 16 3:55 PM