According to authorities, the 26-year-old suspect’s business was shut down on New Year’s Eve.
An undercover detective with the Denville Police Department was stationed in the parking lot of the Rockaway Township ShopRite on Route 46 when he reportedly observed the suspect purchasing alcohol. The suspect then allegedly gave the alcohol to a person under the age of 21; the suspect allegedly received money during the exchange.
A subsequent investigation of the suspect’s cell phone records reportedly revealed that he planned to purchase booze for at least 12 other high school teenagers on New Year’s Eve.
Additionally, the investigation reportedly showed that the suspect bought alcohol for underage kids more than 100 times in the past year.
Investigators believe that underage teens would primarily contact the suspect through social media. Some teenagers reportedly heard about the suspect’s business through general word of mouth.
It is believed that the suspect made thousands of dollars as a result of selling alcohol to kids.
The suspect was placed under arrest on New Year’s Eve and charged with providing alcohol to minors. After being arrested and charged, the suspect was released on his own recognizance.
At this time, the investigation has not resulted in any minors being charged with underage drinking.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Rockaway Man Pulled in ‘Thousands of Dollars’ Selling Beer to Underage Kids, Police Say.”