Six Staten Island grocery stores have been charged with selling alcohol to underage customers, the Staten Island Advance reported.
They were among the 118 shops throughout the city that got busted as underage volunteer decoys checked out 234 licensed grocery and liquor stores for the State Liquor Authority and the NYPD.
Investigators focused on locations and neighborhoods that had a high activity of selling to minors, Liquor Authority officials told the Advance.
The Island businesses accused are Sarhan Van Pelt Inc in Mariners Harbor, Clove Deli in West Brighton, H&H Convenience Inc in Midland Beach, Oak Wood Bagels in Oakwood, Tottenville Crop in Tottenville, and Town & Country Deli in Tottenville.
They face fines of up to $10,000 per violation, starting from $2,500 to $3,000 for a first-time offense. Repeat offenders could also get their licenses suspended or revoked. The NYPD also issues criminal court summonses, charging clerks with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child and prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage.