Detectives with the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division conducted an undercover operation last week, checking compliance at several beer and wine retailers across the city. Four of the retailers visited by Investigators sold alcoholic beverages to individuals under the age of 21. NVID’s goal is zero.
During the operation, cooperating individuals, under the direction and close supervision of NVID Detectives attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from various businesses throughout the city. All individuals are over the age of eighteen but under twenty-one, the legal age to purchase alcoholic beverages in Texas. NVID Detectives checked several businesses, to include convenience stores and bars. Employees at four locations sold alcoholic beverages to the underage operatives.
The employees who sold the alcoholic beverages, face a charge of Sale to Minors (TABC 106.3) a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4000. NVID will forward the results of this operation to the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission for administrative action against the permittees, which could include revocation, suspension and/or fines.
Last weeks operation was conducted in advance of next weekend’s anticipated influx of Spring Breakers, as underage drinkers from colleges and high schools flock to Corpus Christi beaches to enjoy the sun and fun. The goal behind last weeks operation is to ensure that all Spring Break visitors to our city can enjoy their time here without the tragedy that often accompanies underage drinking. Alcohol is a common denominator in underage traffic fatalities, and frequently leads to numerous other negative consequences.
NVID will send letters to all of the businesses that were inspected, including those that were in compliance. For those businesses that were not in compliance, future infractions will likely result in the immediate arrest of the offenders.
The Corpus Christi Police Department continues to collaborate with all government and private entities to combat underage drinking and to help accomplish our mission of working with the community to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and enhance public safety.