SAN LUIS OBISPO – In an effort to curb underage drinking, especially now, during Spring Break, on March 16, 2017, California Alcoholic Beverage Control agents teamed with San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Deputies for “Operation Trap Door.” The enforcement operation targeted fake and/or altered IDs that those under 21 attempted to use to purchase alcohol at night clubs.
Between 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., deputies and officers arrested four 20-year-olds for possession of false identification when the false IDs were presented at downtown San Luis Obispo nightclubs.
“We typically get assistance from the businesses, because they don’t want to serve alcoholic beverages to those under 21,” said California Alcoholic Beverage Control Agents (CABCA) President Kevin Highbaugh. “Nothing good comes from underage drinking. With Spring Break here, we have to protect our young people from the dangers associated with underage drinking. Those dangers include DUI, assaults, sexual assaults, alcohol poisoning, injury and deaths.”
ABC agents work with local law enforcement officers targeting underage drinking by conducting shoulder tap and false ID operations, and using decoys to attempt to purchase alcohol. Agents work nights, holidays and weekends, in plainclothes and undercover inside establishments that sell and or serve alcohol.