“These operations in which California ABC agents and local law enforcement officers team together to target underage drinking protect young people and the public from potential harm. In addition, these operations work to educate the public about underage drinking and why California works to prevent it.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona
MENLO PARK — On October 15, 2022, California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents and Menlo Park police arrested/issued five citations for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors. The operation was conducted in the general vicinity of Menlo Park.
Agents and officers conducted a decoy shoulder tap operation which targets adults who purchase alcohol for people under 21 years of age. During the operation, a decoy under the age of 21, under the direct supervision of a peace officer stands outside a liquor or convenience store and asks patrons to buy him/her alcohol. The decoy makes it clear he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol.
If adults agree to purchase alcohol for the minor, agents then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to someone under 21. The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.