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Four convenience store clerks arrested in NCSO undercover sting operation

NCSO: Convenience store clerks sold alcohol to minor

COVINGTON — Four Newton County convenience store employees have been cited by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly selling alcohol to a minor as part of an undercover sting operation.

The Special Investigation Unit of the NCSO conducted an undercover operation on Thursday that caught convenience stores within the county selling alcohol to a minor, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.

During the operation, a minor went inside 16 stores and attempted to buy alcohol. Four of the 16 stores sold alcohol to the minor, which resulted in the clerk being issued a citation for selling alcohol to a minor.

The following individuals were cited and released:

• Khan Waliul, 67, 389 Leaflet Drive, Lawrenceville — Starrsville Chevron, 11230 Ga. Highway 36;

• Candace Long, 21, 225 Dairyland Drive — Bailey’s BP, 2536-B Ga. Highway 81;

• Danielle Martin, 19, 659 Honey Creek Road, McDonough — BP, 5485 Ga. Highway 81; and

• Zabiullar Hussain, 41, 65 Whipporwill Drive, Oxford — JJ’s Outlet, 298 Ga. Highway 162

According to the release, the NCSO plans to follow up with state and local officials about the possible alcohol licensing violations at stores where alcohol was sold to a minor. The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has in the past and will continue to do periodic undercover operations in an ongoing effort to combat underage drinking, the release states.