NY Police Charge Unlicensed Security Officers
Suffolk County NY Aug 2 2017
Southampton Town police were working with undercover operatives during an alcohol sting when they came across numerous persons working as unlicensed security officers according to our sources.
Police originally were looking for stores, restaurants or bars who were selling alcohol to underage persons when they soon discovered a number of persons working as security personnel who were not properly registered or licensed with the State of New York.
“Several of the businesses were found to be in violation of security guard use and licensing along with other minor [State Liquor Authority] violations,” police said.
In addition, Bryant Figueroa, 30, of Smithtown and Andrew Evans, 22, of Memphis, Tennessee, were arrested at AM Southampton at 125 Tuckahoe Lane in Southampton, and Ervin Esson, 24, of Calverton, was arrested at North Sea Tavern at 1271 North Sea Rd. in North Sea.
The three men were charged with working as security guards without possessing the required New York State Security Guard License, police said.
Seven Suffolk County residents were arrested by Southampton Town police in connection with a sting operation and charged with selling alcohol to minors, police said.
Five other people were arrested on related charges as part of the operation, which was conducted Saturday at 18 establishments — including one underage Connecticut man charged with a felony after he used bogus identification, officials said, adding he also faced a violation for possessing alcohol.
Six of the defendants who police said sold the alcohol face a charge of first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child and prohibited sales to a minor, both misdemeanors.
Police said an underage agent bought alcohol from the defendants during the undercover operation at clubs, convenience stores and gas stations.