On March 15th, 2018

ABC Agents post 45-Day Suspension at Oxnard Bar Undercover investigation finds illegal drink solicitations and lewd conduct

OXNARD – On March 8, 2018, California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents posted a 45-day Notice of Suspension at the Tex Mex Cantina, on West Hueneme Road in Oxnard. The business is now prohibited from selling, serving, and allowing the consumption of alcoholic beverages until the suspension period concludes.  Additionally, the license is placed on probation for the next three years and if any similar violations occur then ABC has the authority to revoke the license.

Undercover agents visited the location numerous times during an investigation and discovered violations that involved an illegal drink solicitation and commission scheme. The illegal drink solicitation scheme involved bar servers who placed a surcharge on alcoholic beverages in exchange for keeping male patrons company. Such practices can contribute to the over-service of alcohol and possibly other violations of law. As a result, ABC filed an accusation against the licensee.

Additionally, undercover agents observed several administrative violations of lewd entertainment/conduct regulations as governed by the California Code of Regulations.

“When businesses are licensed by the State of California to sell and serve alcoholic beverages, they have laws they must adhere to,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.  “ABC agents routinely visit business to ensure laws are being followed.  When business owners break these laws, they are often contributing to the degradation of the surrounding community and, also, putting the safety of others at risk.”

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