On December 28th, 2022

California ABC Agents & Kings County Sheriff’s Deputies Conduct Minor Decoy Operation

CORCORAN - On December 23, 2022, agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Kings County Sheriff's Office deputies conducted a minor decoy operation within Kings County. The operation consisted of supervised decoys under the age of 20 attempting to purchase alcohol at ABC-licensed premises. Any sale of alcohol to a minor decoy may result in criminal and administrative sanctions for the employee and licensee.

The law enforcement officers visited 14 retail establishments within Kings County. Clerks at 12 of the establishments used proper protocol in checking identifications and denying to sell alcohol to the minor decoy.  At two of the locations, an employee was issued a citation for selling alcohol to a minor.

The violations occurred at:

  • J&A Market; 1909 Dairy Avenue, Corcoran
  • Garcia’s Market; 2749 Whitley Avenue, Corcoran

The minor decoy program is an effective tool in promoting responsible practices in the sales of alcoholic beverages by licensees, reducing substance abuse and enhancing community welfare by limiting underage access to alcohol.

“It is important to community safety and the safety of our young adults to enforce ABC rules and regulations and conduct minor decoy operations, in addition it helps to educate clerks, servers and the public,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.

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