California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents suspended the liquor licenses at three California businesses, this week.
In Redding, ABC agents posted a Notice of Suspension at Johnny's after undercover agents bought drugs from a bar employee and bar customers. The bar also caused a significant drain on law enforcement resources. According to ABC, the bar was the source of numerous calls for service from the Redding Police Department for fights, assaults, public drunkenness and other public nuisances.
In Yuba City, ABC agents posted a Notice of Suspension at a 76 Food Mart after an investigation revealed an illegal marijuana growing operation. On June 4th, agents discovered 92 marijuana plants along with indoor growing equipment.
And in the Tulare County community of Sultana, ABC suspended the liquor license at the Redwood Inn. According to ABC, the business allowed people under 21 years of age to illegally enter and stay inside. ABC imposed disciplinary actions against the Redwood Inn's license five times in less than three years. Four of the disciplinary actions involved alcohol sales to minors and/or minors being allowed to enter and remain in the business illegally. The minors ranged in age from 15-20 years old. The other violation was for fights involving patrons and an injury to a sheriff's deputy that occurred in April 2012.
"ABC agents already have their hands full this time of year," said Alan Barcelona, president of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA). CSLEA represents ABC agents along with nearly 7,000 other law enforcement, public safety and consumer protection professionals who work for the State of California. "It's important that they investigate businesses that don't follow ABC laws, for the safety of everyone - employees, customers and the community."