Sheriff’s office seizes $500,000 in illegal booze and smokes in Kensington

Kensington grocery store Barrel Beer was busted on Aug. 14 for selling untaxed liquor and cigarettes with a fake liquor license.
Photo by Paul Martinka

A Kensington grocery store was busted with more than $500,000 in untaxed liquor and cigarettes on Aug. 14, according to the Kings County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities raided the grocery store on Ditmas Avenue near E. Fourth Street shortly after 3 p.m., where deputies confiscated more than 5,000 cartons of cigarettes and 1,000 bottles of spirits, authorities said.

The store, which boasted a fraudulent liquor license, was also stocked with dozens of emptied-out soda bottles containing homemade moonshine, which employees were apparently selling to customers, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A 32-year-old staff member, who was working at the time of the raid, was arrested and charged with possession of a forged instrument and possession of untaxed cigarettes, authorities said.

— Additional reporting by Paul Martinka

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The New York Sheriff’s Office sized over 5,000 cartons of cigarettes and 1,000 bottles of spirits from the store.
Photo by Paul Martinka

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