Illicit alcohol warning highlights common sight for TABC officers

AUSTIN, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - A recent warning from the United States State Department regarding counterfeit or tainted alcohol brings to light a common issue seen by Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officers on the border.

Illicit alcohol is a persistent problem seen by Tax Compliance Officers from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's Port of Entry Division. Illicit alcohol is any alcohol product not properly labeled, or in improper containers.

The Tax Compliance Officers collect the tax on any alcohol brought into Texas from Mexico. During the 2017 fiscal year, over 1,000 containers of illicit alcohol were seized from travelers trying to cross the border.

These illicit products can contain dangerous or illegal additives.

“One of TABC’s primary duties is upholding public safety,” Nettles said. “While most people think that only involves our law enforcement operations, a huge piece of that mission includes keeping dangerous products like these out of Texas. We have people at the border crossings trained to identify and seize any illicit alcohol products which could prove harmful to Texas consumers.”


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