Prosecutors are looking to file more charges against a Rockaway Township man accused of selling alcohol to underage kids.
A Denville detective was working undercover on New Year’s Eve when he reportedly saw the 26-year-old suspect give liquor to a minor; the minor allegedly handed cash to the suspect during the exchange. The illegal exchange allegedly took place in the parking lot of the ShopRite on Route 46 in Denville, NJ.
Denville police and Rockaway police collaborated on the subsequent investigation into the suspect. During the course of the joint investigation, police learned that the suspect allegedly purchased alcohol more than 100 times for underage kids throughout New Jersey.
According to police, the suspect’s most frequent customers were high school students who learned about his business through social media and word of mouth.
It is believed that the suspect generated as much as $5,000 by selling alcohol to minors over an unspecified amount of time.
Investigators also looked at the suspect’s cell phone records and learned that he allegedly planned to purchase alcohol for a number of high school students on New Year’s Eve.
After being arrested, the suspect was charged with a single count of providing alcohol to minors. However, the new discoveries by investigators could lead to additional charges against the suspect.
Despite the fact that many underage kids reportedly bought booze from the suspect, no minors were charged with underage drinking in the case.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Man Who Made Thousands Selling Alcohol to Kids Could Face More Charges, Police Say.”