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07 July 2020

NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
Major Michael J. Drake
Troop K Commander
 
PRESS RELEASE

Dutchess County, New York – On Friday, July 3, 2020, the New York State Police in Wappinger conducted an Underage Drinking Initiative at 24 locations in Dutchess County.

The New York State Police routinely perform checks on numerous retail locations that sell alcohol to ensure their compliance with New York State’s (NYS) Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Law and crackdown on underage drinking.

According to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, underage drinking is associated with the three most common causes of death among youth who consume alcohol, including accidental deaths (e.g., car crashes), homicides, and suicides. The State Police will continue to conduct underage drinker enforcement details statewide in order to protect the citizens of NYS and its youth.

During this operation, four employees at separate retail establishments were arrested for selling an alcoholic beverage to an undercover State Police operative.

The following subjects were charged with Prohibited Sales of an Alcoholic Beverage, and Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the First Degree, both Class A Misdemeanors:

 

Anahi Singh, age 22, of Newburgh, New York, an employee of Beekman Food Mart located at 2444 Route 55, Poughquag, NY. Singh was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the town of Beekman Court.

Brian Mendez, age 22, of Poughkeepsie, New York, an employee of Lagrange Valero located at 1144 Route 55, Lagrange, NY. Mendez was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the town of Lagrange Court.

Ram Pepakayala, age 50, of Poughkeepsie, New York, an employee of Sunoco Convenience Mart located at 740 Main St, Poughkeepsie, NY. Pepakayala was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the town of Poughkeepsie Court.

Roy Montenegro, age 51, of Poughkeepsie, New York, an employee of the 7-Eleven located at 266 Hooker Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY. Montenegro was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the city of Poughkeepsie Court.