By Daniel Silliman
Using teenaged decoys, Clayton County Police ran a sting operation on area gas stations and food marts, targeting clerks allegedly selling alcohol to minors.
Capt. Don Colburn, commander of the special operations unit, said underage teens, relatives of police officers and firefighters, were sent into the stores on Wednesday night, and attempted to buy alcohol, while telling the truth about their age and showing their actual drivers licenses, if asked.
The operation, said Police Chief Jeff Turner, was meant to send a warning to local gas station owners and clerks, as summer starts and the county's teens are released from school.
"It's something we've done periodically," he said, "but it's even more important to do at the end of the school year, to let the businesses know they are not going to sell alcohol to our children. That is not something we tolerate in Clayton County."
In less than two hours on Wednesday evening, a few teams of officers and decoys arrested 11 people, charging them each with one misdemeanor count of the sale of alcohol to a minor.
Those arrested were:
· Narinder S. Deol, 32, at the 525 Battle Creek Road Super Mart, in Jonesboro
· Ismail Husnani Iqbal, 36, at the 5883 Ga. Highway 85 Shell Food Mart, in Riverdale
· Eugene Schrengost, 58, at the 5716 Old Dixie Road Shell Food Mart, in Forest Park
· Kamrul Islam, 47, at the 5991 Old Dixie Road Valero Food Mart, in Forest Park
· Shabbir Ahmed, 54, at the 5300 Riverdale Road Exxon, in Riverdale
· Chirag Hasmulch Patel, 27, at the 5780 Riverdale Road, Phillips 66 in Riverdale
· Bhupendrakumar B. Patel, 50, at 6009 Riverdale Road Citgo, in Riverdale
· Syed T. Ahmed, 48, at the 5436 Riverdale Road Shop N Go, in Riverdale
· Aemzem Adem Robi, 34, at the 222 Upper Riverdale Road Shell Food Mart, in Riverdale
· Ron Patel, 61, at the 7903 Jonesboro Road Shell Food Mart, in Riverdale
· Raja Vittal, 58, at the 199 Upper Riverdale Road BP Gas Station, in Riverdale