The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) announced Monday that it will join the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) in a “sting” operation targeting sellers of alcoholic beverages to promote compliance with underage drinking laws.
In the next 60 days, SMPD’s Specialized Services Unit, which includes the foot/bike patrol at the outlet malls and in the downtown district, will conduct a “minor sting,” said SMPD Commander Penny Dunn.
This operation targets sellers of alcoholic beverages who may sell to minors, using persons ages 18 or younger attempting to purchase alcohol from local distributors.
“These types of programs are run annually to observe distributor compliance with state laws regarding the sale of alcohol to a minor,” Dunn said. “As required by the TABC, we are putting alcohol sellers on notice that we are initiating this enforcement effort.”
The operation will focus on the San Marcos city limits.
(Editor’s note: The above has been revised to say law enforcement will use persons 18 or younger in the sting.)Email | Print