MODESTO – When it became evident that a market in Modesto had a reputation for selling alcohol to customers under 21 years old, California Alcoholic Beverage Control agents went to work. Through their investigation, agents determined the Midway Market on Midway Avenue was indeed selling alcoholic beverages to teenagers. They found multiple violations within a one-year period and on March 8, 2018 placed a indefinite Notice of Suspension at the business.
ABC calls the licensee’s actions a “blatant disregard of laws protecting youth from access to alcohol.” The suspension will last indefinitely until the license is transferred to persona and a location acceptable to the Department. If no transfer of the license occurs within 180 days, the license will be permanently revoked. No new ABC license can be issued at the business location for at least a one-year period.
“We have to keep our young people and communities safe,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “Allowing teenagers to buy alcohol is a recipe for bad decisions, DUIs, fights and sexual assaults. ABC agents are committed to keeping us safe and enforcing California alcoholic beverage control laws. In addition, these peace officers investigate cases involving illegal gambling, drugs, gangs, and human trafficking. They are a great resource to public safety.”