An undercover sting following a tip led Statesboro police to arrest a man who was reportedly operating a mobile liquor store without a license.
In September, the Statesboro Police Department’s Impact Team investigated reports that Zema Smith, 53, of Simons Road, was “illegally selling liquor out of a van,” said Statesboro police Community Information Specialist Madison Warren.
Detectives located Smith and confiscated numerous bottles of a variety of alcohol that he was allegedly selling from the van, she said.
“At the time of his arrest, he had a van full of liquor,” Warren said.
Smith was charged with selling alcohol without a license.
After police secured a warrant for his arrest, Smith was taken into custody Oct. 3.
Statesboro police Chief Mike Broadhead said people committing such illegal acts will continue to be prosecuted in attempts to keep Statesboro a safe place.
“Businesses and individuals in our community that legally serve and sell alcohol pay a premium and go through an extensive process to receive their licenses,” he said. “Someone selling alcoholic drinks out of the back of a van undercuts those legitimate businesses and puts consumers at risk. I am very proud of the work our officers and detectives are doing to make our community a safer place.”
Smith was taken to the Bulloch County Jail to await bond hearings.
Anyone with information on this or any other case may contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.
Anonymous tips may be made online at www.tipsoft.com or by sending the text “TIPSSPD” followed by the message to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, she said.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.