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Law Enforcement

The Law Enforcement section of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission under the direction of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer consists of thirty-five special agents assigned throughout the state with primary responsibility of enforcing the state’s liquor laws.  Special agents are also assigned to the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication and serve as one of the primary agencies in the investigation of illegally grown marijuana in the state.

Enforcement of the state’s liquor laws is the main responsibility of the law enforcement section.  Special Agents conduct a wide variety of enforcement activities in the enforcement of the state’s liquor laws  and Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Rules and Regulations to include pre-license  investigations and inspections, audits of financial records, and investigations of criminal activities occurring on any state licensed premise.

The TABC's agents focus a great deal of their efforts on preventing underage sales of alcoholic beverages to minors.  Minor compliance checks of licensed establishments are conducted on regular basis to prevent underage sales of alcoholic beverages.  Minor compliance checks are an integral part of protecting our youth against underage drinking by ensuring that licensed establishments comply with the state laws against sales of alcohol to minors.

Criminal investigations encompass a  wide variety of duties to include investigations of  illegal sales of alcohol by non-licensed establishments, illegal transportation of non-taxed alcoholic beverages in or through the state, illegal manufacturing of alcohol (moonshine), and the illegal cultivation and sales of marijuana. Additionally, one (1) Special Agent is assigned to Appalachia HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area).  This agent is dedicated to investigations of illegal sales and cultivation of marijuana.

If you have a complaint or any information on any activity involving alcoholic beverages or marijuana please contact one of the following TABC offices.  Any information supplied will remain anonymous.

Nashville (Headquarters): 615-741-1602


Nashville: 615-741-1602

Columbia: 931-380-2540
Cookeville: 931-526-3215
Memphis): 901-543-7284
Jackson: 731-423-5740
Chattanooga: 423-634-6434
Winchester: 931-967-5100
Knoxville: 865-594-6342
Talbott: 423-586-5157
Johnson City: 423-434-6451

You are encouraged to complete the downloadable form below. The form does not require you give information about yourself. You may remain anonymous. However, if you do elect to provide your contact information on the form, in the event we may contact you for more details, your information will remain confidential. We encourage and need your help to assist with monitoring and reporting of establishments. If you desire, we will notify you of the results related to an investigation, see below:

Download Complaint Against Licensee form

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