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Virginia ABC Busts Illegal Cantina in Falls Church

August 06, 2012

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Virginia ABC Busts Illegal Cantina in Falls Church

  • ABC agents purchase alcohol on two occasions.
  • Fairfax County police and health departments assist with investigation.

Special agents with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Alexandria Regional Office, assisted by the Fairfax County Police Department and Fairfax County Health Department, served a search warrant at a private residence in the 6400 block of Maplewood Drive, Falls Church, Friday evening, August 3. The residence owner was suspected of operating an illegal cantina or restaurant, and selling alcoholic beverages without an ABC license.

Marisol Alarcon Montera, 40, is accused of illegally selling beer, along with food, out of her private residence. During the six-month investigation, undercover ABC agents visited the residence and purchased alcohol and food on at least two occasions. 

Montera is expected to be charged with two counts of selling alcoholic beverages without a license. Selling alcohol without a license is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by confinement in jail for not more than twelve months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.

Among the items seized in the search were $609 in cash and more than five cases of beer. The living room of the residence was furnished with two dining tables. In addition to the residents of the house, about nine other persons were at the residence when the search warrant was served. The investigation was sparked by a tip from an unidentified source.

  • Virginia ABC Busts Illegal Cantina in Falls Church