Sting: eight arrested in West Sacramento for buying alcohol for underage decoys

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 21, 2012 —

The West Sacramento Police Department joined about 100 agencies statewide in “Operation Shoulder Tap,” a decoy operation meant to catch adults who buy alcohol for minors.

  Local police visited 12 locations for the project on Friday, March 16.

“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,” explained Sgt. Nathan Steele of the W.S.P.D., in a press release. “The minor indicates in some way that 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.”

Eight adults were arrested from among the 78 subjects contacted during the decoy operation.

It was the first such statewide sting in California history, reports the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

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