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Merchants cited in undercover alcohol sting

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

Clayton County Police cited 14 convenience stores workers for selling alcohol to minors, during a sting operation Friday, and arrested one of those workers when he allegedly repeated the offense later that night.

Police sent teenagers to more than 30 stores Friday, between 5:30 p.m., and 11:30 p.m., according to Clayton County Police spokesman Officer Kevin Hughes.

"With spring break and summer fast approaching, we all know the kids will be out of school. They'll be having parties, and one thing that kids do is buy alcohol," said Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner. "The message I'm trying to send out is we will not tolerate any businesses selling alcohol to our children."

The 14 workers were issued citations, under a county ordinance, for furnishing alcohol to a minor. However, one person allegedly sold alcohol to a teenager twice that night, according to Hughes.

"The first time he was issued a citation, the second time he was taken to jail," said Hughes.

Ranjitbhhai Patel was arrested at the Shell located at 7903 Ga. Highway 54, in Jonesboro, and taken to the Clayton County Jail, according to Hughes.

Police identified others cited for selling alcohol to a minor as:

· Sharmar Shumeed, 126 Valley Hill Road, Riverdale, Texaco

· Arifur Rahman, 5995 Riverdale Road, College Park, Get-N-Go

· Altaf Madhane, 5883 Ga. Highway 85, College Park, Shell

· Sanjay Patel, 5231 Ga. Highway 85, Forest Park, Exxon

· Rashid Siddigi, 6656 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, Citgo

· Nurbddin Charania, 5716 Old Dixie Road, Forest Park, Shell

· Amin Punjani, 6125 Old Dixie Road, Forest Park, Chevron

· Negusu Desalengne, 222 Upper Riverdale Road, Jonesboro, Shell

· Luis Cruz, Jr., 6727 Mt. Zion Blvd., Morrow, Moe's Beer and Wine

· Shyam Khanra, 6720 Mt. Zion Blvd., Morrow, Valero

· Abraham Thomas, 5280 Riverdale Road, College Park, Sun Food Mart

· Fosol Ahmed, 526 Flint River Road, Jonesboro, Chevron

· Sylvia Mayberry, 524 Flint River Road, Jonesboro, Circle K

"We will continue to follow up with these convenience stores, and will continue to do random operations," said Turner. "Repeated violation could result in the request to have their business license pulled."