"Minor Decoy" operations in Santa Maria, lead to citations for serving alcoholic beverages to minors

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - On Saturday, the Santa Maria Police Department and agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) conducted a "Minor Decoy" operation throughout the City of Santa Maria.

The program is designed to reduce youth access to alcoholic beverages. These type of operations are conducted by local law enforcement throughout the state.

During the "Minor Decoy" operation, a minor decoy, under the age of 21, attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages under the direct supervision of SMPD and ABC undercover officers. The decoy entered five liquor stores and four restaurants.

Two of the on-sale resturants, 805 Tacos and Taqueria Salsa Brava, furnished an alcoholic beverage to the 17-year-old minor decoy. Two restaurant servers were contacted and cited for furnishing an alcoholic beverage to a minor.

The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service. The establishment could possibly face administrative action through ABC.

Some of the liquor stores they visited because of ongoing issues.

The Minor Decoy program is intended to reduce the availability of alcoholic beverages to minors; statistics show that teens have a greater rate of drunken driving crashes than adults.

Funding for these programs are being provided by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control through the Department's Alcohol Policing Partnership (APP) program.

For further questions regarding the upcoming "LEAD" training which is scheduled for October 29, 2019, please contact: Officer Matt Jensen at (805) 928-3781 ext. 1233.

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