NE Albuquerque bar loses liquor license, closes following NMSP investigation

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A northeast Albuquerque bar has shut down after being cited for serving alcohol to minors.

New Mexico State Police’s Special Investigation Unit conducted a Dec. 3 sting operation at La Cantina Loca after receiving complaints about minors being allowed into the bar.

SIU agents utilized minors for the operation. Agents witnessed the minors being able to enter the bar and purchase alcoholic drinks.

The bar and the offending servers received administrative citations for liquor law violations. The bar’s liquor license was revoked Dec. 7.

The SIU is now working with the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s office to press pending criminal charges for the employees and the owner of La Cantina Loca.