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Liberty Co., TABC conduct underage liquor sales sweep

LIBERTY COUNTY—Several area businesses are in trouble after employees were videotaped selling alcohol to minors.

On Dec. 16 and 17, agents with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department began what they called “Operation Last Call,” designed to catch those businesses who sell alcohol to minors. Following up on complaints, officers set up undercover stings operations at 38 locations in South Liberty County.

In the sting operation on Dec. 16, agents sent into stores a minor, who would attempt to but the alcohol, while an undercover agent videotaped the transaction.

Of the 38 locations visited, 11 cases were made. Agents have filed administrative cases against Lewie’s, Spin In Market 15, MJA Goods, Calhoun’s Country Store, Liberty Food Mart, Thrifty Food Center, Mo To Go Food, Miller’s Food Mart No. 1, Westside Grocery, Toors Food Mart and SB Raceway 5766.

The following night agents targeted bars, restaurants and other establishments were alcohol is served, looking for cases of open saloon violations. These cases, investigators say, consisted mostly of serving alcohol to intoxicated people or violations of private club regulations.

Cases have been filed against Mas Amigos, American Legion Post 0393 and the Cleveland Memorial Post.