A 44-year-old woman from the Falls Church area has been arrested for operating an illegal cantina out of her home.
Ruth Guadalupe Zurita of the 7000 block of Westmoreland Road is accused of illegally selling beer and food out of her private residence. The residence does not hold an ABC license.
Special agents with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Alexandria Regional Office, assisted by the Fairfax County Police Department, Fairfax County Department of Code and Compliance, and the Fairfax County Health Department, served a search warrant Sunday following a six-month investigation.
During the investigation, which was sparked by a tip from an unidentified source, undercover agents visited the residence and purchased food, soda and alcoholic beverages. The living room of the residence was furnished with two banquet-style folding tables set up to accommodate the large volume of patrons who allegedly visited the venue weekly. Additional seating and a temporary kitchen were also found in operation on the home’s back deck.
At the time the search warrant was executed, 12 patrons were conducting business inside the location.
ABC agents made a similar arrest in August 2012 when they charged 40-year-old Marisol Alarcon Montera of the 6400 block of Maplewood Drive.
Zurita has been charged with two counts of selling alcoholic beverages without a license and one count of maintaining, aiding, abetting or knowingly associating with others in maintaining a common nuisance. Both charges are Class 1 misdemeanors, punishable by confinement in jail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.
Zurita was released on a $3,000 secured bond.
Virginia ABC Busts Illegal Cantina in Fairfax County