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Worcester County Department of Liquor Control may be in hot water after buying liquor in bulk from Alabama.
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Worcester County Department of Liquor Control may be in hot water after buying liquor in bulk from Alabama.

A resort county on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is under scrutiny amid allegations that it illegally purchased liquor from the state of Alabama. Worcester County Officials admit they recently purchased and received a large shipment of liquor, $175,000 worth, from the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

In an email statement, officials with the Worcester County Department of Liquor Control say they made the purchase in hopes of getting a better deal than they could get from Maryland wholesalers, thereby increasing county profits and cutting costs for local bars and retailers. In so doing, they appear to have broken the law. 

Maryland law says the county can purchase alcohol from out of state, but the suppliers must be licensed to sell in the Old Line State. The Comptroller’s office issues those licenses for roughly $200, and as of Wednesday, the state of Alabama has not gotten the thumbs-up to sell liquor in Maryland, nor has it applied for a license.

County officials say they received the first shipment of liquor on October 31, and the Comptroller’s office says it’s looking into the situation. 

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