Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) along with US Customs Service agents conducted a law enforcement operation at the 340 Quick Mart in Berryville, Virginia at around 11:30 am this morning. Details were not immediately available because the operation was conducted under a sealed indictment. However, the Clarke Daily News has confirmed that arrests were made and a vehicle was seized during the operation.
While ATF Public Information Officer Mike Campbell would not comment about the operation, Campbell confirmed that it was a joint operation between ATF and US Customs. Asked why US Customs was on scene Campbell replied “Customs is part of the operation, they’re there for other reasons.”
According to Clarke County Sheriff Department On-Scene Commander Sargent Travis Sumption, the operation included eight Federal agents and two Clarke County Sheriff Department personnel.
The 340 Quick Mart has been the scene of multiple alleged sales of alcohol to underage people over the last year. In June a proprietor at the 340 Quick Mart was charged with selling beer to a minor. The incident was the second time since March, 2011 when an employee at the establishment was implicated in providing alcohol to underage buyers.
According to an arrest warrant filed in General District Court by the Clarke County Sheriff department, Mohammad S. Lone Kashmiri was arrested on May 30, 2011 for violating Virginia State code 4.1-304, a class 1 misdemeanor.
It is not known if today’s operation was related to the earlier charges or who was arrested.
Clarke Daily News is following this story will provide additional details as they become available.