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Agents charge Georgetown mother, son with running unlicensed business and selling alcohol out of home

By Melissa Steele | Aug 19, 2013
Source: Department of Safety and Homeland Security Faustino Santizo Perez

A Georgetown mother and her son face charges after agents say the two were selling alcohol, food and other items without a license.

Delaware Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement agents had purchased alcohol several times from the home at 2 Ebony St., said Kimberly H. Chandler, spokeswoman for the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

When agents went to the home on Aug. 17, Chandler said, they found several large commercial-style coolers containing various beverages; various food and pharmaceuticals stocked on metal shelves; and cooked food inside the home. It appeared Nicasia Chavez Reyes, 62, and Faustino Santizo Perez, 39, were operating an unlicensed convenience store and restaurant, she said.

Agents seized beer and $34,900 in cash, Chandler said.

Reyes and Perez were charged with selling alcohol without a license, illegal storage of alcohol and operating a business without a license.

Reyes was released on $1,500 unsecured bond; Perez was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $1,500 secured bond.

Nicasia Chavez Reyes (Source: Department of Safety and Homeland Security)
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