Dec 6, 2019

ABC and Kern County Sheriff’s Office Crack Down on Illegal Alcohol Sales

Agents and Deputies say the location didn’t have a license

Bakersfield – The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) have shut down a Bakersfield banquet hall that was illegally selling alcoholic beverages without a license.

ABC and the KCSO had received complaints of the promoters/events selling alcohol without a license and selling alcohol to minors. The events were advertised on social media sites and would change locations.

On November 15, 2019, ABC Agents from the Bakersfield District Office and the Department’s Alcohol Policing Partnership (APP) Unit, along with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), conducted an operation at 1430 Weedpatch Highway in Bakersfield. 

ABC issued a citation to the person operating the venue for violation of Section 23300 of the Business and Professions Code, sales without a license, Section 6071 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, sale of goods without a valid seller’s permit and Section 6452 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, failure to file a tax return.  ABC seized over 50 cases of beer and over 50 bottles of distilled spirits.  Based on their prices, there was an estimated $15,000 plus profit on alcohol sales alone, not including entrance fees. 

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