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Largo store owner arrested again on charge of selling alcohol to minor

LARGO — A convenience store owner who was arrested earlier this month after he sold 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 on Wednesday and he was arrested again.

"He was again charged with the misdemeanor of selling alcohol to an 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.

Largo store owner arrested again on charge of selling alcohol to minor 08/19/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 19, 2010 5:31pm]
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