• Matt Esnayra

North Long Beach bar loses liquor license due to drug sales

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The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has revoked the liquor license of the North Long Beach bar Bottom’s Up Tavern after state agents uncovered the sale of illegal drugs.

Driving the news:

ABC opened its investigation into the bar after the deadly March 1 car crash where a patron, Octavio Montano Islas, allegedly drove intoxicated and crashed his truck into the side of an apartment building, killing two occupants, a 42-year-old and his 3-year-old daughter, Montano remains on the lam.

  • The bar was also the site of a 2019 shooting that killed an employee.

  • A notice of suspension was posted on Sunday.

What they’re saying:

ABC agents allegedly uncovered “numerous illegal sales of cocaine, ecstasy (MDMA), oxycodone, and cannabis, at the licensed location. In addition, the Long Beach Police Department responded to multiple incidents at the location.”

What’s Next:

The owner of the Bottom’s Up has to transfer ownership of the bar within 180 days to a new proprietor at a new location outside of Long Beach.

Photo via California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

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