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Spalding cracks down on stores selling alcohol to kids

Spalding County authorities went undercover to arrest multiple convenience store clersk there for sales of alcohol to persons under age 21. From Spalding sheriff Wendell Beam: On June 11, 2013 investigators with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office conducted an Alcohol Compliance Check of businesses in the City and County that are licensed to sell alcohol. A total of 24 businesses were inspected. The following businesses were cited for not being in compliance with State and Local laws govern the sale of alcohol to persons under the age of 21: Texaco Food Mart 1669 W. McIntosh Road Griffin, Georgia Arrested: Jawaid Majeed Siddiqui, 62 years old, 505 Crossings Place Griffin, Georgia Highfalls Shell Station 3200 Highfalls Road Griffin, Georgia Arrested: Rajesh Manilol Parikh, 43 years old, 912 Morningside Drive, Griffin, Georgia Dit’s Market 2662 Highfalls Road Griffin, Georgia Arrested: Syed Zakiuddin, 67 years old, 315 S. Walkersmill Road, Griffin, Georgia Copelands Groceries 1578 Highfalls Road Griffin, Georgia Arrested: Bharatkumar Ambalal Patel, 52 years old, 1618 Rosewood Drive, Griffin, Georgia Kangaroo 3420 Jackson Road Griffin, Georgia Arrested: Melinda Bell, 55 years old, 129 Main Street, Griffin, Georgia Orchard Hill Foods 3016 Macon Road Orchard Hill, Georgia Arrested: Dipak Purshottamdas Patel, 33 years old, 3110 Macon Road Apt D, Griffin, Georgia Twenty businesses that were inspected were in compliance and did not sell alcohol to the underage person(s). Inspections of businesses that hold a license to sell alcohol by the package or for consumption on premises will continue.

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