Bar loses license in drug bust

A license to operate and sell alcohol at a San Mateo bar was revoked Friday after investigators arrested the bar’s bouncer on suspicion of selling marijuana and cocaine to undercover police officers.

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control initiated an investigation into T2, a bar at 273 S. Railroad Ave., after some complaints from the community, ABC spokesman John Carr said.

In a series of sting operations in early 2007, San Mateo police officers and ABC investigators say they were able to purchase marijuana and cocaine from the bar’s bouncer, 40-year-old Millbrae resident Eric Whitmeyer. He was arrested on suspicion of selling illegal drugs.

ABC revoked the alcohol beverage license Friday, effectively closing the bar for at least one year, according to Carr.

The owner, Robert Lai, who first obtained a license to operate T2 in 2006, can no longer hold the license to operate the bar. Revoking a bar’s license is the most severe punishment that can be imposed by ABC, Carr said.

Anyone who wants to apply for the new license after one year will have to undergo a background check with ABC as well as submit an application for review by the police, the City Council and the Planning Department.

“The San Mateo Police Department works closely within the business community and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to train and provide clear guidelines to protect the businesses, their customers and the surrounding community,” San Mateo police Chief Susan Manheimer said.

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