Summonses issued to 10 liquor stores for allegedly selling to underage patrons

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According to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department, on Jan. 5, the Hoboken Police Department’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Unit conducted a citywide operation to find establishments allegedly serving underage patrons, after the department received multiple complaints about liquor stores in the city. These complaints were for alleged disorderly groups, loud music, and the selling of alcohol to people under the age of 21.

This operation, the first of more to come, was led by Sergeant Charles Kucz and Detective Anthony Caruso with the assistance of two undercover Jersey City police officers who are under the legal drinking age.

Throughout the evening 12 establishments were entered and 10 were issued administrative charges for alleged sale to someone under the legal age to purchase alcohol, according to the release.

Although summonses were issued, each establishment has the right to dispute the charges at a hearing to be held at a later time.

According to the release, the following are the 10 establishments issued summonses: Village Market at 702 Washington St., Cork Wine & Spirits at 1450 Washington St., Blue Ribbon at  450 1st St., Daniel Liquors at 87 Garden St., Ottomanellis at 422 Monroe St., Hoboken Discount Liquors at 98 Willow Ave., Augie’s Liquors at  419 Adams St., Sasso’s Deli at 1038 Garden St., Hoboken Vine at 400 Newark St., and Yash Liquors at 1004 Washington St.

Two establishments were in compliance: Washington Liquors at 211 Washington St. and Willow Liquors and Grocery at 841 Willow Ave.

“Hoboken’s  Chief of Police  Ken  Ferrante would like to thank the citizens who brought this situation to light as well as the ABC Unit and its detectives for their dedication and hard work that made this operation a success,” the release states. “Chief Ferrante would also like to thank Jersey City’s Chief of Police Michael Kelly for his cooperation and use of two of his officers, as well as those two officers for their work and professionalism during this operation.”