TABC At Lubbock Bars - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/24/09

TABC At Lubbock Bars

Lubbock minors face tickets after presenting their fake IDs to the wrong people. NewsChannel 11's Brittany Pieper went with a team working for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on an operation to get fake IDs off the streets of Lubbock.

On weekends the line is out the door at Wild West, full of people who want to have a good time. However, if you use a fake ID to get in, saying your 21 when you're not, your night can turn out very different than you planned. "The only reason to use a fake ID to get into a club is to get alcoholic beverages. So, we look at charges like there's an attempt to purchase charge. There's also presenting a false ID to a person engaged in selling," said Michael Lockhart with TABC. 

Three or four times a year the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission does a special fake out operation. They dress in street clothes and wait inside several Lubbock bars. If a door man thinks someone's ID is fake, they escort that person to the officers. Then, the officers inspect the id with tools like a black light or magnifying glass to look at very specific details.  Some of the IDs check out, but others they find are fake.

The ticket for misrepresentation of age by a minor is up to $500. If you lie and misidentify yourself to a peace officer, it can mean jail time. During Friday night's operation officers issued several tickets including sale to a minor, minor in possession, misrepresentation of age, and false identification to a police officer.

The TABC says these operations do more than just keep minors from purchasing alcohol. "If we can, we get to the sources of it. People who make false IDs are not just giving them to minors. They're also giving then to people who are committing other crimes, maybe more serious crimes," said Lockhart. The next step for the TABC is to work with the Department of Public Safety to try and track the origin of the IDs they confiscated Friday night.

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