TORONTO — Actor Andrew Keegan says he was shocked that police busted a spiritual event last week where kombucha, a drink that contains small amounts of alcohol, was being sold.
“Such an abuse of tax payers money that 5 police officers would be sent to a temple,” Keegan wrote on Instagram.
A spokesperson for the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) said undercover officers seized containers of kombucha at the Full Circle spiritual centre in Venice on May 8.
“We’re a complaint-driven agency, so when someone notifies us about what might be an illegal activity, we respond to it,” ABC Special Agent Will Salao told The Argonaut.
“They were cited for a misdemeanour for selling alcohol without a license.”
The event was reportedly raising funds for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, founded by Toronto native Paul Watson.
Keegan was well known for starring in films like 1999’s 10 Things I Hate About You and the TV series 7th Heaven.
The 36-year-old co-founded Full Circle, described on its website as “an open source spiritual community center that offers regular yoga and growth-oriented workshops.”
Keegan told The Argonaut his group didn’t know it was illegal to sell kombucha, which has less than one per cent alcohol.