364 Cited or Arrested During Statewide Shoulder Tap Operation

March 13, 2018 8:00 am · 19 comments

Agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Officers from over 70 Police and Sheriff’s Departments arrested or cited 364 individuals during a statewide underage drinking enforcement operation designed to create awareness to the problem of underage drinking and also protect California’s youth while increasing public safety.

The goal of the operation was to raise awareness about the dangers of underage drinking and also make it clear to any adults that buy alcohol for minors that there are serious consequences. “Unfortunately over 4,000 young people die in alcohol-related tragedies every year in this country,” said ABC Director Jacob Appelsmith. “This collaborative effort among California peace officers creates awareness to underage drinking issues, increases public safety for communities and also boosts protections for California’s young people.”

The operation resulted in citations for 286 individuals who allegedly furnished alcoholic beverages to minors. 26 other individuals were cited for open containers and 52 others were either cited or taken into custody for various crimes such as outstanding warrants, illegal drugs, public drunkenness or DUI. The operation was an effort to build safer and stronger communities by holding individuals accountable for illegal activity that creates harm.

ABC agents and local law enforcement conducted a program called the “Decoy Shoulder Tap”.  Under the program, a minor under the direct supervision of a peace officer will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol.  The minor indicates in some way he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol.

If the adults agree, and purchase alcohol for the minor, officers then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor.

The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1000 fine and 24 hours of community service. The program is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors.

Cy Nical March 13, 2018 at 8:45 AM

This can’t be right. There are laws against minors drinking but they still do.

I’m sure gun banning laws will work much better…..

Reality says... March 13, 2018 at 9:16 AM

“The operation resulted in citations for 286 individuals who allegedly furnished alcoholic beverages to minors. 26 other individuals were cited for open containers and 52 others were either cited or taken into custody for various crimes such as outstanding warrants, illegal drugs, public drunkenness or DUI.”

Can we stop DUI checkpoints and put more money into this program – seems like a better ROI.

DrvrdadCA March 13, 2018 at 9:35 AM

Couldn’t agree more

BITE_ME March 13, 2018 at 9:30 AM

How come the minors who “try” to buy age restricted products are never arrested?

JDH March 13, 2018 at 9:44 AM

They’re working for the cops.

Bob Foo March 13, 2018 at 10:29 AM

They are if they’re caught.

Cowellian March 13, 2018 at 10:14 AM

I’d be interested in knowing how many of those 364 arrests were in the Claycord area. Didn’t we recently have a story about how well the merchants in Martinez did?

MovingOutOfCa March 13, 2018 at 11:21 AM

Often times it is the homeless or drug addicts that buy the minors Booz, how do they collect 1000$ from them? I’m sure Brown and his minions will waive the fees if they are homeless or drug addicts too. I never knew anyone who had an underage citation quit drinking….. js

Chicken Little March 13, 2018 at 11:25 AM

How is this not entrapment?

I think I would say “I’ll think about it.”, take the cash, and come back out with a six-pack of Coke. No crime committed, unless thinking is now against the law.

Dawg March 13, 2018 at 12:05 PM

Entrapment is the use of overbearing tactics or coercion to induce someone into committing a crime. In this scenario, there wasn’t any coercion. They went in and purchased alcohol at their own free will knowing it was for a minor.
On your second statement, it would be a civil matter. An oral contract was made with the understanding that alcohol will be purchased. Coming back out with a six pack of coke would be a breach of contract.

Claycord college kid March 13, 2018 at 12:41 PM

I’ve got a friend that got yelled at by an officer for “interfering with police work” for doing exactly that, they had him in cuffs before they looked in the bag and realized he had taken the kids money and grabbed snacks and soda as a joke

Rollo Tomasi March 13, 2018 at 5:06 PM

Entrapment requires that a government agent induce someone to commit a crime that the individual was otherwise unwilling to commit. In these circumstances, the targets are willing to buy alcohol for minors.

Ifonly2018 March 13, 2018 at 12:09 PM

Actually Martinez had 3 this time..

Cowellian March 13, 2018 at 12:25 PM

When I read about one of these stings, my mind keeps wandering back to the Hey, Mister scene from American Graffiti.

Ray Lewis gave me a used suit March 13, 2018 at 11:43 PM

Uh yeah, I lost my I.D uhhhhhhhhhh, in a flood……..

Could you help me out???

CSS March 13, 2018 at 4:23 PM

California better start something similar for the potheads as well…

Lol March 14, 2018 at 5:52 PM

Because it’s always been hard for minors to get pot lol

Ancient Mariner March 13, 2018 at 10:52 PM

18.
Drank a beer at the Enlisted Men’s Club on Treasure Island.
Went a mile east, did the same thing and suddenly I’m a criminal?
If you can serve your country at 18 you can buy a beer at 18.
If you say otherwise, you’re just plain wrong.

djm March 15, 2018 at 3:20 PM

where does the over 300k in fines go?

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