Video Report By Angelique Lizarde, Reporter - email
ENCINITAS (CNS) - An Encinitas bar's liquor license was suspended Monday as a result of a four-month investigation in which undercover investigators allegedly bought cocaine from patrons and staff.
During the narcotics investigation of Bar Leucadian, which involved the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, investigators purchased cocaine at the bar four times, according to sheriffs and ABC officials.
Both employees and patrons were allegedly involved in the sales.
Officials from the ABC and the Encinitas Sheriff's Station posted a 45-day suspension of liquor license notice at the business at 1542 N. Coast Highway 101 about 11:30 a.m. The bar's owner also agreed to restricting live entertainment and hours of operation, sheriff's officials said.
ABC District Supervisor Melissa Beach said a three-year probationary period would follow the suspension.
Beach said the suspension was the first involving narcotics in an Encinitas establishment this year, and advised business owners to "be mindful, monitor their business, monitor their employees."
The investigation was funded through the ABC Grant Assistance Program.