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Event organizers caught illegally selling alcohol to minors at SE Bakersfield banquet hall

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Posted at 8:22 AM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 18:18:32-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UPDATE on 12.6.2019 at 3:15 p.m.

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has clarified a press release sent to 23ABC News Friday regarding a banquet hall on Weedpatch Highway.

John Carr who serves as The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Information Officer II said that they did not shut down the banquet hall on November 15. Instead, officials shut down the "sales of alcohol" at an event held at the banquet hall that day.

You can find The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's initial press release below:

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The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has shut down a banquet hall in Southeast Bakersfield that was illegally selling alcohol, without a license, to minors.

Officials said on November 15 they teamed up with the KCSO to bust the banquet hall located at 1430 Weedpatch Highway.

"ABC and the KCSO had received complaints of the promoters/events selling alcohol without a license and selling alcohol to minors. The events were advertised on social media sites and would change locations.

On November 15, 2019, ABC Agents from the Bakersfield District Office and the Department’s Alcohol Policing Partnership (APP) Unit, along with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), conducted an operation at 1430 Weedpatch Highway in Bakersfield," a news release stated.

Officials said they also seized over 50 cases of beer and over 50 bottles of distilled spirits worth over $15,000. The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said they issued a citation to the person operating the venue for sales without a license, sale of goods without a valid seller’s permit and failure to file a tax return.