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Woman charged with illegal beer sale
City undercover operation results in arrest
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The Smithville Police Department recently arrested a 19-year-old local woman after several complaints led them to conduct an investigation into the illegal sale of beer to minors.While police made attempts to purchase beer illegally at all eleven licensed stores inside the city limits, only one arrest was made.The operation concluded with the arrest of Danielle Owens, a clerk at On The Way market on South Congress Boulevard.She was charged with the misdemeanor offense of selling alcohol to a minor after a 20-year-old undercover policeman allegedly purchased beer from her.Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court on September 12.City police said Lieutenant Matt Holmes and Detective Brandon Donnell were assisted by a 20-year-old officer from another county.The trio reportedly attempted to purchase beer from Kwik-N-Ezy, Village Market, East Side Citgo, On the Way, Jewel's Market, Food Lion, Dollar General Store, El Mariachi, Walmart, BP, and Mapco, in that order.Clerks at almost every business refused to sell beer to the minor undercover officer after a check of his ID.Authorities said, however, that Owens checked the ID and continued with the transaction, accepting a marked $10 bill as payment.The bill was allegedly recovered from the register, and a check of the serial numbers revealed it to be the note used in the sting.Warrants were obtained, and the woman was arrested later at her home.The business’ beer permit could also be in danger under the city beer ordinance, which reads: “It shall be unlawful for any beer permit holder to make or allow any sale of beer to a minor under 21-years-of-age.”The permit holder faces a minimum suspension of the beer permit for a period of 90 days for the first offense, or revocation of the license on second offense.