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TABC targeting retailers selling alcohol to minors during spring break

(MGN online)

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission announced last week it would begin targeting retailers selling alcohol to minors in an effort to curb underage drinking during spring break.

The state agency says it will conduct "minor stings", or undercover operations in which a TABC-employed minor attempts to purchase alcohol from a retailer.

While the stings are being conducted statewide, the agency said it would specifically target South Padre Island and other popular spots near Texas colleges the week of March 12-17, according to a news release.

TABC has made about several arrests in Hidalgo County in the past two weeks.

Josue Misael Galvan Carillo, Karina Ann Arevalo, Jesus Hernandez, Richard Jones, Ericka Marie Dillard, William Burton and Blanca Melendez were all charged with sale to minors-alcohol, a Class A misdemeanor.

TABC's Deputy Executive Director for Enforcement, Robert Saenz, stated in the news release that the operation's goal is to make sure retailers are complying with state regulations.

"This operation's goal is not to put people out of business," Saenz said. "We want to ensure that any alcohol sold during this busy season is done so safely and legally, and TABC will continue to serve as a resource for retailers who have questions about the law and its impact on their day-to-day operations."

Last year, the agency conducted more than 10,000 stings that resulted in 1,176 violations. Results from this year's spring break stings will released later this month.

Clarification: Nora Alicia Elizondo is accused of selling alcohol to a minor in September 2017, not in February 2018.

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