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Three people were arrested during an undercover investigation by Riverhead Police of 19 retail businesses across town yesterday.

Police said the following individuals were charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the First Degree, a class A misdemeanor:

Chaudhry Afzal, 56, of Riverhead an employee at Sunoco, 4123 Middle Country Road in Calverton;

Recep-Can Karakoc, 24, of Riverhead, an employee at Mobil, 415 E. Main Street, Riverhead;

Karen Aparicio-Quintanilla, 35, of Riverhead, an employee at 7-Eleven, 245 West Main Street, Riverhead.

All three were transported to the Riverhead Police Department for processing and were released on desk appearance tickets, police said.

The Riverhead Police Department COPE Division conducted the operation in cooperation with the Riverhead Community Awareness Program, according to a police press release issued yesterday.

The following locations were checked and found to be in compliance:

  • Speedway, 6305 Route 25A, Wading River
  • Valero, 5904 Route 25A, Wading River
  • Mobil, 3705 Middle Country Road, Calverton
  • Gulf, 1879 Old Country Road, Riverhead
  • One Stop Smoke Shop, 1698 Old Country Road, Riverhead
  • Mobil, 1575 Old Country Road, Riverhead
  • Citgo, 1050 Osborn Avenue, Riverhead
  • BP, 1356 Old Country Road, Riverhead
  • 7-Eleven, 1050 Old Country Road, Riverhead
  • Speedway, 870 Old Country Road, Riverhead
  • Empire, 640 Old Country Road, Riverhead
  • 7-Eleven, 162 Old Country Road, Riverhead
  • Empire, 640 Main Road, Aquebogue
  • American Gas, 1427 Main Road, Jamesport
  • OK Petro, 1212 E. Main Street, Riverhead
  • KD Beer & Smoke, 121 W. Main Street, Riverhead

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

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