Man Arrested by Sheriff's Department for Illegal Sales of Beer and Liquor

June 16, 2007
Dwayne Page

A 49 year old man, believed to have been illegally selling beer and liquor from his home after hours and to underage customers was arrested after midnight Sunday morning following an undercover investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says Jose Santos Acuna of 3925 McMinnville Highway is charged with unlawful sale of alcoholic beverages, transportation of alcoholic beverages by a common carrier, and no drivers license.

His bond is set at $15,000 and he will be in General Sessions Court on the charges June 21st

Sheriff Ray says his department, after receiving complaints that Acuna was illegally selling beer from his home, conducted an investigation. He says an informant and an undercover officer were sent to the Acuna residence after midnight Sunday morning to make a beer buy. After the purchase, officers prepared and executed a search warrant and returned to the home. As they arrived, Acuna drove up and he was placed under arrest.

Officers confiscated $10,961 in cash, 123-six packs of beer, 219-twelve packs of beer, 78 bottles of liquor, and a 40 caliber semi-automatic handgun. Acuna's 2002 F-150 Ford Super Cab pickup truck, which had some beer in the back of it, was also seized.

Sheriff Ray says authorities believe Acuna had been conducting his operation for up to two years, selling beer and liquor at inflated prices primarily after hours and on Sundays to other Hispanics, under age customers, and to persons with no identification.

Sheriff Ray says further charges are pending. The Alcoholic Beverage Commission has also been contacted about Acuna's crimes.

If you know of any illegal activities, Sheriff Ray urges you to contact the Sheriff's Department at 597-4935.

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