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Police crackdown on fake, borrowed IDs nets 17 arrests

Seventeen people, ranging in age from 17 to 21, were charged following a police operation that focused on fake and altered identification.

State Police said troopers worked with investigators from the state Department of Motor Vehicles on the Underage Drinking Initiative, with assistance and support from The U on Maple Road, Amherst; the Steer Restaurant & Saloon, on Main Street in Buffalo; and Bottoms Up, on Chippewa Street, also in Buffalo.

All of those arrested were charged with violating a section of state Vehicle & Traffic Law dealing with the use of driver’s licenses by someone other than the licensee, or the possession of forged, fictitious or illegally obtained licenses.

Seven of the defendants gave police local addresses, while most of the others were from downstate.

Tucker Curtin, who owns the Steer restaurant, said none of those arrested entered his establishment or was served alcohol.