Authorities shut down Dietrich’s Bar in Shawnee Wednesday night, where they confiscated alcohol and arrested a bartender on complaints of possession of alcohol with intent to sell without a permit.
A Shawnee police report released Thursday shows officers and an agent from the state’s ABLE Commission, which is the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission, responded to the bar at 623 W. Kickapoo Spur.
Local officers assisted the ABLE Commission agent to investigate a complaint about the bar operating without a license.
Shawnee Police Sgt. Dan Shumaker’s narrative explains that he met with the agent and observed the bar was open and people were inside at about 9 p.m. Several kinds of beer were visible in coolers and there were several bottles of liquor, with some open and some full.
The ABLE Commission agent arrested Travis Demont Burdine, 30, the reported bartender, on complaints of possession of alcohol with intent to sell without a valid permit, possession of low-point beer with the intent to sell without a permit and also for using an unlicensed vending machine to sell tobacco products, the report reads. Formal charges have not been filed.
As a result of the investigation, the ABLE Commission agent took possession of all the liquor from the establishment, Shumaker’s report shows, while local police confiscated the beer and kegs for evidence.
Items seized by police included four kegs of beer, along with 26 packs of several brands of bottled beer in 18-and 20-count packs, along with several loose bottles of beer.
As police were taking possession of the alcohol at the scene, the report shows several people kept coming inside the bar, with those persons reporting that they had recently been at the bar and purchased drinks there.
At least two of those who police spoke with at the scene also are under age 21, the report shows.
The police report shows this case will be turned over to the district attorney’s office for consideration of any formal charges. The ABLE Commission agent also will submit further witness statements and items for the report.
Oklahoma’s ABLE Commission works to ensure compliance with the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Act and also conducts regular inspections of all licensed entities and also investigates complaints.
Reports indicate Burdine was released from the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on an unspecified bond.
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