TABC undercover operation cites 11 East Texas businesses

TABC undercover operation cites 11 East Texas businesses

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - An undercover operation led by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission resulted in 11 violations for East Texas businesses.

From September 1, 2014, to August 31, 2015, the TABC completed 14,557 undercover operations across the state of Texas.

Of those, 9,539 were designed to identify retailers selling alcohol to minors, according to TABC. Within the state, these operations found 1,137 violations against businesses selling alcohol to minors.

The TABC says that an additional 5,108 undercover operations led to the discovery of 455 other violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Code, including the sale of alcohol to an intoxicated person, intoxicated permittees, and violations of the legal hours of sale for alcohol.

In East Texas, 11 businesses were cited for violations against the Alcoholic Beverage Code; 4 violations of selling/delivering an alcoholic beverage to an intoxicated person and 7 violations of selling/serving/dispensing/delivering an alcoholic beverage to a minor.

"One of the major missions of the TABC is to keep Texas communities safe," said Ed Swedberg, TABC Deputy Executive Director. "In order to do that, we focus our efforts on licensees and permittees who illegally sell alcoholic beverages. We've found that these undercover operations are the most effective tool for detecting public safety violations and holding those licensees and permittees accountable. We will continue these operations as the best means of locating the small percentage of retailers who are violating the law."

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