Jan 30, 2020

ABC Suspends License in Porterville for Illegal Gambling

45 Day Suspension will be in effect

Porterville – On January 30, 2020, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) posted a 45-day suspension at Fiesta Latina Market, located at 14643 Road 192 in Porterville. Alcohol sales are prohibited during the term of the suspension.

The suspension notice was posted after ABC agents discovered an illegal gambling device in an area controlled by the licensee. In this case, gambling machines were placed adjacent to the store.  Customers would pay and receive their winnings from the machines by entering the store and contacting a store employee.  Agents seized the gambling devices and collected evidence of the illegal gambling operation from the store. The licensee also had a previous gambling violation at the store. 

In ABC’s ongoing efforts to protect communities, the Department will continue to tackle this issue and others to increase public safety. According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, two million adults (1%) are estimated to meet criteria for severe gambling problems in a given year. Unregulated gambling puts consumers at risk and results in heavy social costs.

ABC protects communities through education, prevention, and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcoholic beverage laws.

ABC encourages licensees to sign up for ABC’s Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) training free of charge at LEAD training. Licensees and their employees may take the training online and they can sign up for training in person in a classroom setting. To learn more about ABC enforcement and prevention programs that can help increase public safety, visit ABC.

ABC is a Department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.


Additional information may be obtained by contacting:

Public Information Office
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
Email: pio@abc.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 419-2525

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