TABC Agents destroy thousands worth of alcohol - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/25/09

TABC Agents destroy thousands worth of alcohol

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Agents with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission destroyed thousands of dollars worth of beer and wine Wednesday.  That's after a Wolfforth business was caught selling alcohol TABC Investigators say is not fit to drink.

The owner of Kwick Food Mart in Wolfforth has three administrative charges against his alcohol license from TABC, and criminal charges could follow. Agents say they must destroy around 7,000 bottles of alcohol worth an estimated $200,000. 

Investigators say a fire broke out inside the Kwick Food Mart back in November, and the alcohol inside the needed to be destroyed because of possible contamination from smoke and fire. Instead, agents say the owner sold some of the alcohol to another Wolfforth business at a discount. "He sold it off the books to at least one other retailer, and we filed administrative charges on that. We actually resolved those.  Along the way we told him several times he needs to destroy the product, because they can't sell it. It's just not fit for consumption. It has smoke and fire damage," TABC Sergeant Michael Lockhart said. 

Agents cited Danny's in Wolfforth for purchasing the unfit alcohol last month. Lockhart tells NewsChannel 11 they are still working to locate any other product that may have been sold. We spoke to the owner of Danny's Wednesday and we'll tell you his side of the story on NewsChannel 11 at 10.

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