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Two Arrested From Mama’s Hookah Lounge in San Angelo for Bootlegging

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Two men have been arrested in San Angelo for bootlegging.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission reportedly discovered that the owner and employees of a hookah lounge in San Angelo were selling and possessing alcoholic beverages, in violation of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code.

TABC says that Roberto M. Torres, owner of Mama’s Hookah Lounge, located at 1618 South Chadbourne Street, had previously been informed by TABC agents that such sales were illegal.

The investigation by TABC began following records from San Angelo Police Department revealing that several fights, shots-fired incidents, and alcohol-related criminal violations were taking place in and around Mama’s Hookah Lounge when the lounge was the only business open in the immediate area.

Their investigation revealed that various brands of alcoholic beverages were being sold at the lounge. Another fight had broken out at the lounge as agents were on their way to serve the search warrant, but those involved in the fight had dispersed prior to the agents’ arrival.

The 31-year-old owner, Robert M. Torres was arrested for possession of illicit beverages, and 25-year-old Guadalupe N. Lopez was also arrested for selling alcoholic beverages without a permit or license.

The violations are considered a misdemeanor, and the suspects could receive confinement in county jail for up to one year and a fine of between $100 and $1,000.

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