SANTA PAULA– On May 26, 2023, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) announced it has suspended the license of Amigos Market, located at 431 Ojai Road in Santa Paula after finding the location sold alcohol to minors on three separate occasions between February 2020 and October 2022. Alcohol sales are prohibited at the market until the license is transferred.
The suspension was the outcome of multiple violations that took place over two years. In February 2020, Amigos Market furnished alcohol to a 17-year-old who left the premises and crashed his vehicle into another driver, causing major injuries. Following that incident, ABC cited the business for furnishing alcohol to a minor in February 2022, and again in October 2022.
ABC filed disciplinary action against Amigos Market’s alcoholic beverage license for furnishing alcohol to minors and furnishing alcohol to a minor resulting in great bodily injury. Amigos Market settled the action and agreed to an immediate suspension of its alcohol license. The department has ordered that Amigos Market is no longer allowed to sell alcohol and that the license will be revoked if it is not transferred within 180 days.
“Checking IDs is a simple and effective tool in the sales of alcohol. By denying a purchase of alcohol to someone under 21, clerks are upholding the law and doing their part in helping to keep others safe. Thank you to the ABC agents who investigate violations and take the appropriate actions,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.