ROCKLIN – On October 21, 2022, agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), along with Placer County Sheriff’s deputies arrested seven people for furnishing alcoholic beverages to someone under the age of 21. Law enforcement officers from both agencies conducted a shoulder tap operation was conducted in Rocklin and in unincorporated Roseville.
The operation targets adults who purchase alcohol for people under 21 years of age. As part of the operation, an underage decoy, 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 mentions not being 21 and unable to purchase the alcohol. If the adults agree to purchase alcohol for the decoy, deputies will 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.
“These seven suspects likely knew what they were doing was wrong but perhaps felt like they were helping someone out. Furnishing alcohol to someone under 21 is not helping anybody out, it puts people and families at risk,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “These operations work to inform the public of the dangers of underage drinking and remind people of the consequences of furnishing alcohol to young people under 21.”