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May 6, 2022

INDUSTRY NOTICE: New Required Signs

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is directing license and permit holders who are required to post the following signs at their business premises to post updated versions released by TABC. These are the: TABC Complaint Sign: Required for license and permit holders that sell or serve to ultimate consumers. Human Trafficking Sign: Required for holders of a BG, BQ, MB, N/NB/NE, BE and BF license/permit without an FB Certificate. While TABC encourages businesses to post the new signs in a timely manner, TABC auditors will not issue penalties for displaying the old signs while the agency provides businesses time to transition.

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May 23, 2022

TABC Offices Closed for Memorial Day

TABC offices will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen at our regular hours on Tuesday, May 31. Contact us.

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April 29, 2022

INDUSTRY NOTICE: Late Filing Fees for Temporary Event Authorizations

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is reminding industry members that Temporary Event Approvals (TEAs) and Nonprofit Entity Temporary Event Permits (NTs) must be submitted at least 10 business days before the start date of an event to avoid paying late fees. Submissions of a TEA request or NT application are subject to the following late filing fees if submitted less than 10 business days prior to the start date of the event: $300 for applications received nine to seven business days before the event.  $500 for applications received six to four business days before the event.  $900 for applications received three to one business day before the event.  Late filing fees do not apply to File and Use Notifications or to NT permits that are specifically for auctions.  Visit TABC’s Temporary Event Authorizations page to learn more.

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April 29, 2022

TABC Arrests Fugitive on Interpol ‘Red Notice’ List

AUSTIN – A man long sought by Mexican federal police for human trafficking charges is now behind bars after he was arrested Friday morning by agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Hugo Texis is currently in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement holding facility following his arrest by members of TABC’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU). SIU agents identified Texis as the subject of an active Interpol “Red Notice” issued by the Mexican federal police. He was located as part of a long-term ongoing investigation by SIU agents in the Houston area. Interpol Red Notices are issued for fugitives wanted either for prosecution or to serve a sentence. They are used to alert police in all member countries about internationally wanted fugitives. Red Notices help bring fugitives to justice, sometimes many years after the original crime was committed. When a person is sought for prosecution, they have not been convicted and should be considered innocent until proven guilty. TABC investigators collaborated with agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Department of State as well as Interpol and the Mexican federal police to make the arrest. Local and federal law enforcement agencies also participated in the arrest. Texis was safely placed under arrest and is currently being processed in DHS-ICE facilities. Texis, who is not a U.S. citizen, was previously deported in 2013. The Texas Legislature in 2019 made the investigation of human trafficking a top priority for TABC. One of the ways Texans can assist in the fight is by spotting the signs of potential trafficking at a location and reporting it. If you have information related to this individual or would like to report suspected trafficking, visit bit.ly/tabc-ht for more information. If you are a human trafficking survivor and would like to speak with the TABC victim services coordinator, email Victim.Services@tabc.texas.gov. Media Contact: Chris Porter TABC Public Information Officer (512) 206-3462 media@tabc.texas.gov

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April 27, 2022

TABC Suspends Laredo Bar Following Long-Term Trafficking Investigation

AUSTIN — A Laredo bar is banned from selling alcoholic beverages for 90 days after investigators from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s Special Investigations Unit found evidence of narcotics trafficking, prostitution and drink solicitation. Reyna’s Club, 511 San Agustin Avenue in Laredo, was the subject of a TABC emergency order issued this week following a long-term investigation that began in May 2021. TABC agents began the investigation after receiving multiple complaints related to potential human trafficking at the site. The business had also been the subject of multiple calls for service by the Laredo Police Department, including complaints related to public lewdness and assault. A series of inspections by TABC investigators later found cause to suspend the business’s permit for 90 days. Section 11.614 of the Alcoholic Beverage Code authorizes TABC to suspend a business’s liquor license or permit for up to 90 days if it’s believed that the continued operation of the business could prove a risk to public safety. During the suspension, no alcohol may be served or sold at the location. “Crimes such as narcotics trafficking, prostitution, or drink solicitation are often strong indicators of possible human trafficking,” said Bentley Nettles, TABC Executive Director. “As Texas’ sole alcohol regulator, TABC is committed to investigating any potential trafficking taking place in the businesses we license. Organized crime has no place in Texas.” The Texas Legislature in 2019 made the investigation of human trafficking a top priority for TABC, giving the agency the authority to investigate organized crime, including trafficking, prostitution, and drink solicitation, which is the act of overcharging customers when they purchase drinks for bar employees. The case remains under investigation. Media Contact: Chris Porter TABC Public Information Officer (512) 206-3462 media@tabc.texas.gov.

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