LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control says it has closed a Lafayette bar for allegedly selling alcohol to minors.
Commissioner Troy Hebert says in a news release that undercover agents raided The Keg on Thursday night after getting tips about underage alcohol sales. He said agents found three 17-year-olds and two others under age 21 had purchased alcohol, and four minors got criminal citations for possessing alcohol.
Hebert said the sales violate a consent agreement signed less than four months ago, when the bar’s alcohol permit was suspended and it was fined $10,000 for a fourth offense of selling alcohol to minors.
Manager John Slaughter says staffers check all IDs at the door and never wilfully serve alcohol to anyone under age 21.
In November, Hebert gathered the managers of 15 Lafayette bars that got caught in a three-month undercover investigation of illegal alcohol sales to minors, threatening to close the bars if such sales continued.
The sting targeted mostly downtown bars along with others in an area known as The Strip near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
The infractions included selling beer and whiskey to minors, illegal drug activity, such as patrons smoking marijuana openly, and clubs operating without an alcohol permit.
At that time, The Keg was cited on four counts of selling alcohol to minors.