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Farmingdale Man Charged with Selling Alcohol to Minor

Two others charged in Levittown and Hicksville following undercover operation

Nassau County Police (Credit: Jason Molinet)
Nassau County Police (Credit: Jason Molinet)
A Nassau police undercover sting operation has led to the arrest of a Farmingdale man in connection with the sale of alcohol to a minor.

Two other people were charged in connection with the “Project 21” undercover operation, conducted jointly by the Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) and the Plainclothes Enforcement Patrol (PEP) on Friday in Hicksville, Levittown and Farmingdale.

According to police, an underage agent entered three locations and purchased alcohol without being properly identified. The following individuals were arrested for selling alcohol to a minor.

  • Erick E. Landaverde, 33, of 748 Main Street, Farmingdale sold alcohol to a minor while working at Quick Mart at 756 Main Street, South Farmingdale.
  • Belal A. Al-waqedi, 27, of 593 Park Avenue, Uniondale sold alcohol to a minor while working at Levittown Deli 149-151 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville.
  • Aliah M. Lofton, 18, of 692 Nostrand Avenue, Uniondale sold alcohol to a minor while working at Wal-Mart Grocery 3335 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown.

All three are charged with unlawfully dealing with a child and prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage.

Al-waqedi and Lofton were both released on desk appearance tickets. They are due to appear on Monday, Sept. 23 at First District Court.

Landaverde will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.


tjb516 September 14, 2013 at 10:36 AM
This is the problam with the quick mart on main st.these guys have been doing this for years this Store needs to get shut down
Jeffrey Lee September 14, 2013 at 03:30 PM
That was the place after 911 the clerk was taken in for questioning.
chris sorochin September 15, 2013 at 08:48 AM
I wonder how many of the cops involved in this sort of entrapment and the politicians who put them up to it drank "underage" themselves. I also wonder if the "child" they used as a decoy is old enough to go halfway around the world to possibly kill and die for the country that won't let him or her have a beer. Maybe someday America will grow up and stop criminalizing normal behaviors and then we won't have to witness the pathetic spectacle of police with nothing better to do recruiting young people to entrap low-paid convenience store clerks, to say nothing of the even queasier sight of individuals like tjb516 informing on those s/he doesn't like.
B.Brewer September 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Excuse me??? This isn't about what the cops did as teens or what you or I did back then ...it's about the here and now. NOW it's against the law to sell alcohol to minors, they did..they got caught .... they pay a price for it.....the question is... was it really worth it?
tjb516 September 17, 2013 at 12:34 PM
What i dont like are people like chris that are blind to the fact that police are here to help.this guy must have had a few run ins with ncpd in the past.that store on main st is a hole in the ground nothing good happens there i see people getting busted for drugs,a car got stolen there ive seen cops yank a man from his car for selling drugs.my point is that store needs to go

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