Shiso Sushi, Happy Garden Cited in Underage Drinking Sting

Police targeted 11 different Sonoma Valley businesses for the undercover sting


Police cited two businesses for furnishing alcohol to a minor Friday, Jan. 6 by the Sonoma Police Department and the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control.

t and  were both cited when they provided beer to an 18-year-old decoy. 

All in all the undercover decoys targeted 11 Sonoma Valley businesses, including the ,, , 7-11 and . Only two provided the youths with drinks.

The employees who furnished the alcohol received criminal citations. The two businesses owners will be referred to the Control for administrative review.

Typically, the owners of establishments which fail the sting operation are enrolled in seminars on preventing underage drinking.

In addition, four people were cited during a 'shoulder-tap' operation, where the decoys attempt to convince adults to purchase them alcohol from a store or other venue.

These operations are funded by a $25,000 year-long grant, provided by the Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control, to reduce underage drinking in the Sonoma Valley. The operations began in July.

Irene Morgan January 17, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Actually this means that nine of eleven places did the right thing. So looked at from that point of view, this is a good result.
Suzanne Barbara January 17, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I cannot fathom why any adult would buy alchohol for an underage person. When they do the shoulder tap stings, the person buying must be aware that the person who wants the alchohol is underage. This should be a more serious crime since there is knowledge of the person being underage.
Richard January 18, 2012 at 12:02 AM
I have to agree that when someone asks you to go into a convenience store and buy some beer or wine for them, you are on notice that they are underage. A server in a restaurant could make an honest mistake.
Rena B January 18, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Actually knowing that there is a sting operation would put most restaurants on notice too. So I am guessing that these were innocent mistakes. Still, it is ok for the restaurants to pay for accidentally breaking the law.
Albert David January 20, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Well from the above statistics, it would appear the the sting is working to reduce underage drinking in Sonoma.


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