ABT Agents Arrest 13 for Underage Drinking at College and Professional Football Games
November 24, 2008
TALLAHASSEE—The end of football season will be here before we know it and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco agents continue to patrol professional and college football games for underage drinkers. This past weekend agents worked the University of South Florida versus University of Connecticut showdown in Tampa; Florida International University versus University of Louisiana-Monroe and Miami Dolphins versus New England Patriots games in Miami and arrested a total of 13 people for possession of alcoholic beverages this past weekend.
At Sunday’s USF game ABT agents arrested five for possession of alcoholic beverages by an underage person. During the FIU game, agents had no arrests for underage drinking. On Sunday’s Dolphins’ game, agents arrested eight for underage drinking and one was cited for an additional charge of obstructing justice.
The mission of ABT is to keep alcohol and tobacco out of the hands of underage persons, to ensure that licensed establishments are in compliance with the laws and rules regulating the industry in Florida, and to collect taxes and fees related to these industries.
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