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      McAllen store clerk arrested for selling beer to a minor

      Aaron Contreras Marroquin // Hidalgo County Jail Photo

      A McAllen store clerk is facing criminal charges after being arrested for selling beer to a 17-year-old boy.

      Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) agents arrested 24-year-old Aaron Contreras Marroquin on Saturday afternoon.

      TABC Lt. Mario Villarreal told Action 4 News that Marroquin was arrested as part of an undercover minor string operation.

      Lt. Villarreal said TABC sent undercover minors to 20 stores in Hidalgo County on Saturday but Marroquin was the only one who sold alcohol.

      A 17-year-old boy working with TABC went inside the Tejano Mart at 1521 North 10th Street in McAllen where he tried to buy a 24-ounce can of Bud Light.

      Lt. Villarreal said Marroquin carded the teen and entered his date of birth into the cash register but overrode it when the computer raised a red flag for the boy being a minor.

      Under Texas state law, selling alcohol to a minor is a Class A misdemeanor punishable up to one year in prison and/or a $4,000 fine.