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Bluffton liquor store owner charged with ABC violation

The co-owner of a Bluffton liquor store was arrested Tuesday on charges stemming from a store inspection in September, the woman's business partner said Tuesday.

The 51-year-old co-owner of Lowcountry Liquors was arrested at the store around 9:30 a.m. and later charged with criminal ABC violation.

She was released Tuesday afternoon on her own recognizance from the Beaufort County Detention Center, according to the partner and the detention center log.

Beaufort County SheriffP.J. Tanner, who oversees the ABC team, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

When the sheriff's ABC team inspected the store in September, it seized 36 open bottles of liquor and three open bottles of wine found in a back storage area, according to Sheriff's Office incident report. Having open containers in the store violated state law, the report said.

Deputies also confiscated a plastic bottle they found in a freezer in the storage area that contained a clear liquid they believed to be a home-made corn liquor, according to the report.

At the time, the woman told officers she knew she could not have open containers in the store area, but said she was not aware they weren't permitted in the storage room, according to the report.

By Renee Dudley