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Undercover operation in Hernando County targets alcohol sales to minors

BROOKSVILLE — Confidential informants working with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office in a recent undercover operation helped authorities arrest or cite nine employees of local stores over selling alcohol to minors.

The Vice-Narcotics Unit, with assistance from the state Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, used three informants ages 18 and 19 to visit 30 randomly selected convenience stores Thursday.

"We do this randomly and we also respond to citizen reports of activity taking place," said Sgt. Donna Black, a spokeswoman with the Sheriff's Office. "We want to make sure everybody is complying with the law."

The following employees were issued misdemeanor citations for sale of alcohol to an underage person: Russell Englerth of the Hess store at 18635 Cortez Blvd.; Donna Mae Lee of the 7-Eleven at 15310 Cortez Blvd.; Dennis Miccio of the Circle K at 6227 Deltona Blvd.; Nathan Reese of the BP station at 13075 Spring Hill Drive; Patricia Ann Deal of the 7-Eleven at 4710 Commercial Way; Mohammed Humayon Kabir of the BP station at 9202 Commercial Way; Tara Boger of the Mobil station at 6200 Commercial Way; Estrellita Martinez of the Hess at 4159 Mariner Blvd.; and Richard Lawson of the Sunoco station at 7170 Barclay Ave.

Joel Anderson can be reached at joelanderson@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6120.

Undercover operation in Hernando County targets alcohol sales to minors 10/02/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 2, 2009 6:59pm]

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