A Denville NJ detective was reportedly working undercover when he observed the 26-year-old suspect give alcohol to a minor. The incident allegedly took place on New Year’s Eve in the ShopRite parking lot on Route 46 in Denville, New Jersey. According to the officer, who was stationed in the parking lot, the suspect received money from the minor in exchange for the liquor.
The Denville Police Department and the Rockaway Township Police Department conducted a joint investigation and determined that the suspect had bought alcohol on more than 100 occasions for underage kids.
Police believe that the suspect’s customers were typically high school students who sought him out through social media.
According to investigators, the suspect made somewhere between $4,000 and $5,000 as a result of his illegal business.
Additionally, detectives reportedly looked at the suspect’s cell phone records. Numerous text messages reportedly show that the suspect planned to buy booze for several high school students on New Year’s Eve.
The suspect was initially charged with one count of providing alcohol to minors. As a result of the new findings by police, the suspect now faces numerous additional counts of the same charge.
Although police believe that many underage kids bought alcohol from the suspect, no minors have been charged with underage drinking as a result of the investigation.
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.”