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For Immediate Release:  
For Further Information:
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October 24, 2008  

Rachel Goemaat, ABC
609-292-4791

Office of The Attorney General
- Anne Milgram, Attorney General
Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
- Jerry Fischer, Director

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Thirteen Arrested In Underage Drinking Sting - Two Bartenders Among Those Arrested for Serving Underage Patrons

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TRENTON - Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Director Jerry Fischer announced that 13 people - two bartenders and eleven patrons - were arrested last night (Oct. 23) as a result of the Division’s College Initiative underage drinking enforcement program.

According to Director Fischer, undercover detectives assigned to ABC entered Buda Bar and Grill, located at 234 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, at about 10:30 p.m. ABC investigators arrested two bartenders for selling alcohol to underage patrons. Sara J. Walker, 20, Egg Harbor, was arrested for selling alcohol to underage patrons as well as consuming it herself; and Jessica M. Laffey, 21, of North Brunswick, was arrested for selling alcohol to underage patrons. Buda Bar and Grill is located near the Rutgers University Campus.

The following patrons were also arrested at the same bar for underage drinking: Christine Kaminski, 19, of Middletown; Dana Cutillo, 18, of Pompton Plains; Michael Putchok, 18, of Staten Island; Danielle Guenther, 20, of Edison; Caitlin Saranczak, 19, of Edison; and Susan Maco, 20, Nicholas LaForgia, 19, Christine Shamy, 20, and Kiwana Semambya, 19, all of Piscataway.

Director Fischer noted that Buda Bar and Grill’s liquor license will be reviewed by ABC for possible administrative charges. Those charges could result in the suspension of the bar’s alcoholic beverage license. Charges for selling alcohol to underage patrons are disorderly person’s offenses, and penalties include fines of at least $500. Charges of underage drinking are disorderly person’s offenses, and penalties include fines as well as suspensions of drivers’ licenses.

Also last night, ABC detectives arrested a 23-year-old patron at Chili’s Grill and Bar, located at 363 Route 18 in East Brunswick, for buying a drink for an underage patron. Michael Leibold, 23, of Somerville, was arrested for buying an alcoholic beverage and providing it to Rachel Ellner, 19, of East Brunswick. Ellner was arrested for consuming the alcohol.

Members of the New Brunswick Police Departments assisted ABC in the arrests.

In announcing the arrests, Director Fischer noted that the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control has established a toll-free hotline for citizens to report illegal activity to ABC’s Investigative Unit. Anyone with information on illegal activity is encouraged to call 1-866-713-8392. All information received via the ABC hotline will remain confidential.

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