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Stamford police: Market known for selling alcohol to minors busted again

December 28, 2018

STAMFORD — Police say a Springdale market known for selling alcohol to minors was cited again Thursday.

Stamford police say they executed a sting this week at the Hope Street Mini Mart, where a clerk was charged in March with seven counts of sale of alcohol to a minor. Police say he sold beer to a group of underage boys after one of them showed him a fake Connecticut driver’s license.

Police said they sent someone underage into the market on Thursday to purchase beer. Police said the employee sold the beer to the minor without asking for ID.

The market, located at 1085 Hope St., was cited and the state alcohol commission could suspend its license.

Police said the employee was not arrested so the alcohol commission can immediately take action. The liquor commission otherwise needs to wait for a criminal case to be resolved before deciding on the business’ license.

The Hope Street market is known to Darien juveniles as an easy place to get alcohol, according to police.

“We were getting steady (information) that this location is often selling to minors and that proved to be true,” Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin said.

Agents with the state Liquor Commission joined the Stamford Narcotics and Organized Crime squad to conduct sting operations at about six city businesses that sell alcohol. Conklin said the other businesses passed the test by asking for ID or refusing to serve the minor.

Conklin asked residents to call police if they know of an establishment selling alcohol to underage customers.

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