Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Alcohol Sales Compliance Checks Results in Arrests

 Kartik Kisho Bose
Parimalkumar Rambhai Patel
September 23, 2015

A concerned citizen contacted a LCSO deputy and filed a complaint stating local businesses were selling alcoholic beverages to under aged kids. To support their claim, the citizen told our deputy they recently discovered their child was purchasing beer. The child told them they had purchased it from a local convenience store.

LCSO contacted the State Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) and explained the complaint. ABT licenses and governs the local sales of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. ABT, familiar with these types of complaints offered to partner with LCSO and the Williston Police Department to address the problem.

The partnered agencies conducted compliance operations at 10 stores in the Williston area of Levy County and inside the City of Williston. Of these checks, six (6) stores were found to be in compliance by verifying the purchasers age with proper identification prior to the sale.  Two store clerks, who were found not to be in compliance by selling alcoholic beverages to an underage buyer, were issued a Notice to Appear in court for the violation.

In addition to these violations, two arrests were made. Kartik Kisho Bose (1-9-57), clerk at the Lil Food Ranch on SR 121 and Parimalkumar Rambhai Patel (8-27-79), clerk at the Kwik King in Morriston, were arrested for sale of alcohol to a person under 21. Neither of these men had identification to confirm their identity and appearance notices could not be issued. Both men were transported to the Levy County Detention Facility where the Rapid ID fingerprint system is located and were properly identified. Bose posted a $2,000 bond the following morning and was released. Patel was released on his own recognizance.


Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
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