NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Michael J. Drake
Troop K Commander
Dutchess County, New York - On May 23, 2020, the New York State Police conducted an underage drinking enforcement operation in Dutchess County. Twenty stores were checked by utilizing an underage volunteer to purchase alcohol under the observation of plainclothes investigators and supported by uniformed troopers. Eighteen store clerks refused to complete the sale of alcohol to the volunteer. Two clerks sold an alcoholic beverage to the volunteer and were arrested.
Ryan Mayers, age 29, of Wappingers Falls, New York, an employee of Shell Gas Station, 2406 Route 44, Pleasant Valley, was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Pleasant Valley Court on June 18, 2020 at 5:00 PM.
Alphonso Brown, age 70, of Poughkeepsie, New York, an employee of Stewarts, 1200 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Poughkeepsie Court on June 18, 2020 at 4:00 PM.
Both subjects were charged with Prohibited Sale of Alcohol to a minor, a Class A Misdemeanor. In addition, their employers face possible civil penalties imposed by the State Liquor Authority.
The New York State Police routinely conducts underage drinking enforcement operations throughout the state in an effort to curb alcohol abuse and DWI incidents involving teenagers.