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ABC raids VFW
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The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission raided VFW post 7623 in DeKalb County on March 15.A bartender was issued a citation for unlawful sale of alcohol, the post’s quartermaster was cited for storage of alcohol for sale and possession of gambling devices.Gambling machines, a raffle prize, and cash were seized in the bust.Operators of the local post, located on Sparta Highway, reportedly let their liquor license expire, but continued to sell libations at the club.Quartermaster Thomas Skelenka received citations for storage of alcohol for sale and possession of gambling devices, and bartender Brian Soye was cited for unlawful sale of alcohol.All the charges are misdemeanor offenses.According to officials, an investigation into the post began after anonymous complaints to the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC) were lodged, alleging wrongdoing at the location.The complaint was reportedly forwarded to the Cookeville office of the ABC, who discovered that the local post had allowed their liquor license to lapse.An undercover investigation was undertaken, and agents reported that they were able to purchase liquor from the bartender at the club.After making the purchase, the agency executed a search warrant on March 15.Agents reportedly found and seized approximately 50 bottles of liquor, four gambling machines, envelopes containing various amounts of money, some labeled "race boards," some labeled "dice."A television in a box marked "raffle" with the amount of the price for the raffle tickets written on the box was also seized.The club also had to surrender its beer license, and must face a hearing before the DeKalb County Beer Board before it can be reinstated.