Facebook helps police bust beer outlet

UPPER DARBY, Pa. - August 6, 2010

The Lees, who reside in Wayne, are highly successful Upper Darby business people that own the shopping mall that contains their beer outlet. They are, however, in serious trouble with the Upper Darby Police and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

They are charged with 18 counts of selling alcohol to 15 and 16 year olds, customers under the legal drinking age.

Jung Lee and Anna Lee were arrested on Wednesday after a two day undercover surveillance operation by Upper Darby's Vice Squad.

"The owner, Mrs. Lee, was actually helping the kids carry the beer to their cars and put it inside the car," Captain George Rhoades said.

Police got a tip call about Facebook pages showing photos and names of teens drinking beer at a party in the karaoke rooms on the second level of Lee's shopping center.

Police say Mr. Lee was bartending.

Police confiscated a load of beer that the kids allegedly bought from Lee's beer outlet, including what's known as Four Loco, which is 12% alcohol and highly caffeinated.

18 teens in all were busted. They came from places like Drexel Hill, Havertown, on up the Main Line to Wayne, Berwyn, and Paoli. "When the kids came in, they didn't ask for ID, we watched from a car, and a lot of the kids that were stopped, they didn't even have ID to show," Rhoades said.

The Lee's beer outlet is open again and doing business as the Upper Darby police tries to get their license revoked by the state.

The Lee's lawyer was not available for comment.

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