Back Alley Bar and Grill Loses ABC License due to Illegal Narcotic Sales
Bakersfield – The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has immediately suspended the license of Back Alley Bar and Grill, located at 649 North Main Street in Bishop after a four-month investigation discovered illegal narcotics transactions at the business. Alcohol sales are prohibited for 30 days, and the licensee has 180 days to transfer the license before it is revoked.
ABC initiated this investigation due to heightened concern about this location from local law enforcement. Between September and December 2022, undercover agents were able to purchase cocaine from an employee at Back Alley Bar & Grill. Agents arrested employee Colton Mikulich for sales and possession of cocaine, and criminal conspiracy.
“ABC is committed to keeping communities safe,” said ABC Director Eric Hirata. “We will continue working with local law enforcement to address concerns around ABC licensed businesses in the community.”
ABC filed disciplinary action against Back Alley Bar and Grill’s alcoholic beverage license for illegal narcotics sales. Back Alley Bar and Grill settled the action and agreed to an immediate suspension of its alcohol license. The department has ordered a 30-day suspension of alcohol sales and the owner has 180 days to transfer the license before it is revoked.
Combining alcohol with illicit drugs is called polysubstance use. Polysubstance use is unsafe because it can be unpredictable and even deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, polysubstance use leads to a higher risk of overdose, injury, violence, risky sexual behavior, chronic disease, and substance abuse disorders. ABC is committed to enforcing laws and regulations about alcohol sales and service to improve public health and keep communities safe.