On Friday, January 11, investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department conducted a follow up investigation at 904 Simms Street in Jacksonville in response to complaints of the illegal sale of alcohol. While there, Sheriff's Investigators seized 259 twelve-ounce beers and 34 bottles of liquor. They arrested 66 year old Vernon Earl Roberts for Possession of Alcoholic Beverage in a Dry Area.
Investigators had received information from locals, that Roberts had been selling alcohol from his home for some time. A check of Mr. Roberts's history revealed a November 2006 case in which Sheriff's Department Investigators arrested him for Possession of Alcoholic Beverage in a Dry Area, and confiscated 378 twelve-ounce beers and 32 bottles of liquor.
According to Section 101.31 of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, no person in a dry area may sell, store, or possess with intent to sell alcoholic beverage. Section 101.32 states that possession of more than one quart of liquor or 24 twelve-ounce beers (or equivalent amount) is evidence of possession with intent to sell.
The alcohol seized on January 11th will be turned over to Investigators of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for destruction.
Vernon earl Roberts was charged with Possession of Alcoholic Beverage in a Dry Area, a Class "B" misdemeanor, and is being held in the Cherokee County Jail on a $750 bond.
The Cherokee County Sheriff's Department encourages all county residents to call the Sheriff's Department with information concerning any ongoing criminal act. All callers may remain anonymous.