Texas store worker arrested on multiple counts of selling alcohol to minors

A Lee County convenience store clerk has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of selling alcohol to minors following an investigation by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC).

Deepak Sidgel, 39, of Pflugerville, was jailed in Lee County Jail on June 14 on four counts of selling alcohol to a minor. He was later released after posting $7,500 bond.

Sidgel worked at the Lexington Food Mart on Highway 77 in Lexington. The convenience store has been the subject of multiple investigations for improper sale of alcohol, according to TABC.

“What we discovered last week were four separate cases of alcohol being sold to minors,” said Chris Porter, spokesman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Deepak Sidgel, 39, of Pflugerville, faces a total of five counts of selling alcohol to minors. He worked at the Lexington Food Mart on Highway 77 in Lexington. (TABC)

The arrest came after law enforcement closely monitored what was going on in the store.

“These are things that have continued since last spring,” Porter said.

“What we found was a pattern of behavior over several weeks and months that indicated this was a problem that wouldn’t have gone away if we hadn’t taken action,” Porter said.

According to the TABC, Sidgel, who was previously arrested in connection with one of those investigations, now faces a total of five counts of selling alcohol to minors.

“Any resident with information about illegal alcohol sales at a business is urged to contact TABC,” said Maj. Oliver Johnson of TABC’s Central Texas Regional Law Enforcement Office. “Public participation is critical when it comes to identifying companies that put community safety at risk. Public guidance plays a major role in keeping companies accountable and keeping Texans safe.”

The TABC received the information about the store through members of the community. The company could face license suspension after authorities complete their investigation. It remains open for the time being.

“The convenience store was located down the street from a high school and other facilities where children typically congregate. Science has found that minors aren’t really equipped mentally or physically to deal with the effects of the alcohol and that could lead to even worse DWI-type assaults or accidents,” Porter said.

Businesses that sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 could face a fine or the suspension of their liquor sales license, with repeated offenses resulting in the permanent cancellation of the liquor license. ‘company. Company employees who sell alcohol to minors could also face a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and a year in jail.

Anyone with information about the pending case is urged to contact TABC by emailing [email protected] or calling 888-THE-TABC.