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Texas Liquor Board Announces Spring Break Stings

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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Texas liquor agents will be checking businesses along Interstate-35 to make sure they do not sell alcohol to underage students during spring break.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on Thursday announced the stings along I-35, as well as other major roads leading to the Gulf Coast.

For decades, South Padre Island has been the spring break destination for tens of thousands of students.

TABC says obviously underage teenagers, working with the agency, will be going into retail locations and attempting to buy alcohol. The legal drinking age in Texas is 21.

An employee who sells alcohol to a minor can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. Violators can be fined as much as $4,000 and get up to a year in jail.

Business violators can receive an administrative penalty that could include a fine, suspension or cancellation of permits to sell alcohol.

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