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The New York State Liquor Authority has canceled the liquor license held by El Caracol Deli located at 122 Griffing Avenue.

The licensee, Alcides Arias, pleaded no contest to the charges brought by the SLA, working with Riverhead Town Police.

Arias violated the hours of operation allowed by his state permit, and violated other conditions, including having a DJ and dancing on the premises and employing security guards who did not meet state licensing requirements, according to the SLA.

Noise and disturbances at the premises had caused them to become “a focal point for police attention,” the cancellation order states.

The premises liquor license was canceled effective May 18.

“I’m very happy. There’s a long history of problems there,” Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter said this morning. “Riverhead Police worked very hard with the State Liquor Authority. Kudos to our police. I know this is the right outcome.”

Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller said the action shows Riverhead police are “on top of these problem locations.”

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