LOS ANGELES– On June 30th, 2020, California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents posted a Notice of Suspension at Max Liquor, located at 2130 Sawtelle Boulevard, in the city of Los Angles. Alcohol sales at the location were immediately suspended for 30 days. Additionally, the licensee has 180 days to transfer the license to a person or persons acceptable to the ABC. If the licensee does not transfer the license within 180 days, the license will be revoked.
According to ABC, this location has been a source of illegal sales of alcohol to people under 21 in the West Los Angeles area. Between October 2018 and December of 2019, the licensee or store employee sold alcohol directly to customers under 21 on three separate occasions.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) West Los Angeles division cited 16 people under 21 who had purchased alcohol from this location between January 24th and February 1st, 2020. LAPD also ran two separate decoy operations at the location during this period, and a clerk sold alcohol to the decoy on both occasions.
“Selling or providing alcohol to young people under 21 is not only a recipe for disaster, it is against the law,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “ABC agents routinely work with local law enforcement departments to conduct undercover operations which identify those businesses and or clerks who break the law, all in an effort to keep the public safe from harm.”