Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Launches Annual Back-to-School Undercover Shots | Flavor | San Antonio

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TABC officers visit hundreds of Texas retailers each year to limit alcohol sales to minors.

As students head back to campus, these cunning poopers from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission are on the prowl.

On Wednesday, TABC officials notified bar and nightclub owners, as well as liquor-focused retailers, that the agency was resuming its back-to-school undercover stings.

Around this time each year, officers from the TABC’s Law Enforcement Division conduct inspections of businesses near Texas colleges and universities to identify minors who purchase alcohol with fake IDs, including driver’s licenses and school-issued IDs.

The statewide operation will begin in mid-August and continue through early September, according to commission officials. During the stings, minors working with TABC will enter businesses to buy alcohol. If a sale occurs, officers come in and notify managers of the violation.

Officers will also join security personnel at select businesses to help screen customers as they enter.

Selling alcohol to a minor is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and one year in jail. Companies cited by TABC for selling to minors may also be fined and face a temporary suspension of their liquor sales license.

Minors who use a fake ID to buy alcohol could face a class C misdemeanor charge punishable by a fine of up to $500.

For those interested in crime and punishment issues, expect the TABC to release the results of this year’s re-entry exercise in September. Last year’s operation found nearly 90 percent of retailers visited were in full compliance with state liquor laws.

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