OROVILLE -On January 30-31, 2021, California Alcoholic Beverage (ABC) agents and Oroville Police Department officers conducted two operations targeting alcohol related violations, including furnishing alcohol to someone under 21 and loitering and consuming alcohol in public, specifically around establishments that sell alcohol.
On January 30th, the focus was those who will buy alcohol for someone under-21 who simply stands in front of a store, holds out money and asks, making it very clear they are not buying it themselves because they are not 21. This is often referred to as a “shoulder tap” operation. During the operation, five people were arrested for furnishing alcohol to a minor.
On January 31st, the agents and officers targeted those who loitering and drink alcohol in public, specifically around stores in which they have purchased the alcohol. This enforcement action is meant to improve public safety as well as the quality of life for residents in the community. Agents and officers cited seven people for drinking alcohol in public and loitering.
“These are important enforcement operations to help educate and also remind members of the public about ABC laws that are in place to keep our communities pleasant and safe,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “ABC agents work with local law enforcement officers to ensure businesses and members of the public are following the laws that help keep us from harm.”