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Beer bust at Stamford restaurant that lacked alcohol license

October 8, 2018

STAMFORD — City police seized nearly 10 cases of beer from a West Side restaurant that was illegally serving the sudsy libation without a permit.

Capt. Richard Conklin said police had received some complaints about liquor being sold at Rincon Latino at 449 West Main St. He said that his officers did a little work up on the business and determined that it had no liquor license.

So Conklin said they sent in an undercover officer at about 5:30 p.m. Friday and instructed him to have dinner and purchase a couple bottles of beer with his meal. After seeing others drinking beer in the establishment, the officer dutifully complied with his instructions and after receiving the second bottle of beer called in officers from the Narcotics and Organized crime squad to handle the bust.

Conklin said that the officers searched the premises and found and seized 130, 12 oz. bottles of Corona and 107, 12 oz. of Heineken beer.

The manager at the restaurant, Maria Zepeda, 27, was charged with serving liquor without a permit and unauthorized sale of liquor. She was released on a promise to appear at court.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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