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Stamford Restaurant Caught Selling Alcohol Without License

Rincon Latino
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Stamford police seized more than 10 cases of beer from a restaurant that was selling alcohol without a permit during an undercover operation.

Stamford police had received information regarding liquor being sold at the Rincon Latino at 449 West Main St., without a permit, said Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin.

Agents with the Narcotics and Organized Crime squad investigated the restaurant and found they did not have a liquor license, he said.

To confirm the restaurant was selling alcohol, an undercover officer was sent in to have dinner on Friday and ordered dinner and a beer.

"The undercover officer could see other diners with beers at their tables," Conklin said.

When he was served the beer, he called in other officers who searched the restaurant and found 130, 12 oz. bottles of Corona and 107, 12 oz. of Heineken beer, Conklin said.

The person in charge at the time,  Maria Zepeda, 27, of Stamford, was charged with serving liquor without a permit and unauthorized sale of liquor.

She was released on a promise to appear at court.

"We will keep an eye on the establishment in the future," he added.

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