OXNARD – On October 29, 2020, The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) posted a revocation notice at an ABC licensed premises operating under the name of Mona Lisa in the City of Oxnard. The business is immediately prohibited from selling, serving and allowing the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Undercover ABC agents visited the location numerous times during an investigation and discovered violations that involved illegal drink solicitations and the sales of narcotics inside the premises. These violations resulted in a 54-count accusation filed against the licensee’s Type 42 On-Sale Beer and Wine Public Premises License.
Illegal drink solicitation schemes involve bar servers who place a surcharge on alcoholic beverages in exchange for keeping patron’s company. Such practices can contribute to the over service of alcohol which can result in increased DUI’s, public drunkenness and other violations of law.
“ABC licensees have a legal obligation to operate their businesses according to law,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “ABC agents work undercover to investigate bars, stores and restaurants that may be doing things illegally. It’s one way to protect the public and the neighborhoods surrounding the establishments.”