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Largo convenience store owner jailed again after alcohol sting

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Store owner back in jail after alcohol sales sting

A convenience store owner who was arrested earlier this month on a charge of selling alcohol to a minor is back behind bars, police say.

Raj's Food and Beverage was shut down Aug. 5 after Largo police received numerous complaints from a parent that someone at the store was selling alcohol to middle school children. Investigators had a 17-year-old aide try to buy alcohol at 11 local liquor stores. Police say the teen was shut down at all but one store: Raj's Food and Beverage, 12185 Indian Rocks Road.

The owner, Mohammed Shamsul Alam, was arrested, then later charged with selling alcohol to a minor.

After the arrest, Largo police received more complaints about Alam. They set up another sting Wednesday, and he was arrested again.

"He was again charged with the misdemeanor of selling alcohol to a person under 21," Lt. Mike Loux said. "Additionally, he was also charged with selling tobacco to a minor."

Alam, 52, was in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Citizens' Academy accepting applications

The city of Largo is now accepting applications for its 2010 Citizens' Academy. This is a chance to talk with city leaders, operate a side-loader and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Largo Cultural Center.

Largo's Citizens' Academy is a hands-on solution to learning about government while dressed like a firefighter or watching the reclaimed water treatment process. Continuing education credits will be offered.

The program begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Largo City Hall, 201 Highland Ave. For more information, call (727) 587-6710 or visit largo.com.

Largo convenience store owner jailed again after alcohol sting 08/21/10 [Last modified: Saturday, August 21, 2010 4:31am]
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