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Charges of beer sales to minors to be dismissed


Three of the store clerks from across the county who were cited for selling alcohol to minors in an undercover sting will have their cases dismissed.


While the case of Mapco Express employee Allison Ferguson of Smithville, an employee of Mapco Express was dismissed in DeKalb County General Sessions Court Thursday, the citations against Alexandria Discount Beer and Tobacco employee Langed Bassem Nabil Samir of the Alexandria Discount Beer and Tobacco and Areceli Soto Godinez, owner of Nicole’s Market on Short Mountain Highway were set to be dismissed upon payment of court costs, under the condition that no more incidents occur.


Samir’s citation will be dismissed after 60 days, and Godinez’ case will be dismissed after six months, providing conditions are met.


Jennifer Sims, an employee of the Discount Tobacco Store on West Broad Street who was also cited in the undercover operation, was granted a continuation Dec. 10 to give her time to hire an attorney.


All four people were accused of selling beer to a 20-year-old undercover operative in a joint operation conducted by the Alexandria Police Department, Smithville Police Department, and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department. The same underage agent was used by all three departments.


A $500 fine was levied against Samir by the Alexandria Beer Board Tuesday night for violating the City of Alexandria’s beer ordinance. The Smithville Beer Board met on Oct. 13 to discuss the Mapco Express and Discount Tobacco Store cases but put off making a decision after managers at both businesses claimed their clerks entered the wrong date of birth from the ID card given to them by the police operative into their computers.


Another meeting on the matter has been scheduled for Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m.