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Two Cited As Police Department Conducts Decoy Operations to Curb Underage Drinking

The Susanville Police Department has cited a clerk for selling alcohol to minors, and in a separate case cited an adult who purchased alcohol for minors, as the result of a Minor Decoy Operation and Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation on December 18th.

According to Police Chief John King those who sold to the minor face a minimum fine of $250, and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation. In addition, ABC will take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license of the business. That may include a fine, a suspension of the license, or the permanent revocation of the license.

In addition to the Minor Decoy Operation, investigators also conducted a Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation which targets adults who purchase alcohol for people under 21-years of age.

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 to 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 $1,000 fine and 24-hours of community service.

This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Education and Teen Alcohol Enforcement Program Grant, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor


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