LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The team working for Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission's (TABC) Lufkin outpost office are working diligently to shut down places that sell alcoholic beverages without a licence or permit.
T.A.B.C. agents always wants to know where alcohol was purchased, if they believe it's involved during an accident. Like back in January, when Leobardo Nieves was arrested for intoxicated manslaughter after killing a woman at a Lufkin intersection.
"We were told that one of the drivers in one of the vehicles went to this location and was able to purchase alcohol," said Sgt. Jeff Taylor, TABC.
Taylor says they heard that Nieves bought alcohol at a home on Kiln St. before the accident.
Undercover agents were able to buy beer from Cisneros through this small hole in the back of the house.
"It's just a way of life for some to make money... The bootleggers' primary deal is to move my product," said Taylor.
TABC also goes after businesses that sell alcohol without a permit.
Play-by-Play was a small club off East Burke Street in downtown Lufkin. The owners, Huber Morgan and Thomas Albrice are now behind bars.
"We had gotten some information from Lufkin PD. They were having problems... Around 3 A.M. when alcohol sales and consumption are prohibited," said Joey Davidson, TABC agent.
Undercover agents were able to buy mixed drinks inside the club.
Even though Play-By-Play wasn't a registered club or permitted to sell alcohol, they still had orange cones and reflectors so they could control traffic and parking in front of its entrance.
Davidson says the owners also face charges for running an illegal club.
"It makes it a club because there's a door charge they're selling behind the bar as if it was a club," said Davidson.
Whether it's a home or an illegal business, TABC says they'll shut it down quick if they're selling alcohol without a license.
Sgt. Jeff Taylor says it hasn't been confirmed whether Leobardo Nieves had purchased alcohol at the residence prior to the fatal accident back in January.