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Cashier accused of selling alcoholic beverage to minor, Columbus police say

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A convenience store cashier was arrested Tuesday after an undercover investigation by the Special Operations Units accused him of selling alcoholic beverages to a minor under age 21, Columbus police said.

Amar Singh, 64, of Columbus was taken into custody about 5:03 p.m. at the BP Food Mart at 2317 Veterans Parkway. He was taken to the Muscogee County Jail and held for a hearing in Recorder’s Court.

Using a confidential informant under the age of 21, police said the informant was given $10 and sent into the convenience store to get a six-pack of Mike’s Hard Lemonade, a popular alcoholic beverage. The underage informant took the beverage to the cashier who failed to ask for valid identification or a driver’s license.

The informant paid $9.17 for the alcoholic beverage and returned to an unmarked police vehicle in the parking lot. Members of the police unit entered the store and took Singh into custody without incident.

The alcoholic beverage was seized by police.

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