TABC Liquor Violations Initiative Nets 18 Arrests

The goal of a new initiative is to make sure businesses are following the law.

Mark Decatur
Mark Decatur with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission


Eighteen employees of Houston area bars and nightclubs have been arrested and accused of violating state liquor laws. 

The six week operation, dubbed “The TABC Liquor Violations Initiative,” began in May. It targeted establishments with a history of liquor law violations. 

“We went to 85 different locations and checked them out,” said Captain Dan Harris, with the Houston Police Department Vice Division. “Some of those locations, we checked two or three times, depending on the need. There were 33 sites that had some sort of violation, that either resulted in an arrest, or a citation was issued, depending on the violation.”

Besides arrests for DWIs, “there were 6 that were related to narcotics violations,” said Mark Decatur, with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. “We had one person with a firearm that was a felon, and we had two liquor violations, and a sale to a minor. There was one charged for prostitution.” 

Decatur says violators are placed on a priority list to ensure that they change their behavior or face even more scrutiny from Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.


map of targeted areas
Map of targeted areas


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