Workers at three local establishments were arrested for selling alcohol to minors in an undercover sting operation conducted Saturday by Southampton Town Police and the N.Y. State Liquor Authority, police said in a press release last night.

Police said the following individuals were arrested and charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree and prohibited sales to a minor — both misdemeanors:

Morena Garcia-Palma, 24, of Flanders, arrested at the Garden Deli, 790 Flanders Road, Flanders.

Zubair Ahsan, 37, of East Patchogue and Frayner Figeroa-Solorzan, 18, of Riverhead, arrested at 7-Eleven, 721 Flanders Road, Flanders.

Saeed Akhtar, 58, of Patchogue, arrested at Valero Gas, 7 Peconic Avenue, Riverside.

Employees at three other businesses in Southampton Town were also charged, police said.

All were processed at police headquarters and released on appearance tickets to return to court at a later date, according to the press release.

During the same undercover operation, Ervin Esson, 24, of Calverton was charged with working as a security guard without the required NYS security guard license, a misdemeanor, according to police. Esson was arrested at North Sea Tavern, 1271 North Sea Road, North Sea. A North Sea man was also charged with the same offense at the same location, police said.

“The goal of the Southampton Town Police and the SLA is to ensure compliance with laws prohibiting the sale of alcohol to minors and to promote public safety in and around business that sell alcohol. Required warning signs regarding the dangers of alcohol relating to pregnancy were given to business who did not have them as was information pertaining to compliance. Both agencies are committed to the protection of our youth by educating businesses and employees who sell alcohol,” Southampton Town Police said in a press release. 

Police ask anyone with information on any criminal activity call the Southampton Town Police at 631-728-5000, the Southampton Town Detective Unit at 631-702-2230, or the Crime Hotline at 631-728-3454. All calls will be kept confidential. 

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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