Shoulder-Tap Operation Nets Three For Furnishing Alcohol to Minors

Police used three underage decoys as part of a grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage


issued three citations for adults furnishing beers to minors during a shoulder tap operation on Friday, May 18.

The operation was cto reduce underage drinking in the Sonoma Valley area.

Nicknamed a "shoulder-tap" operation, the Department also uses underage decoys to test the will of local civilians; the decoys stand outside liquor stores and supermarkets and ask adults to purchase them alcohol.

On Friday two underage decoys, an 18-year-old and 19-year-old male and female asked several shoppers to buy them a 12-pack of Coors light.

A 54-year-old man was placed cited for purchasing alcohol for the pair. Police found he also had a bag with .4 grams of methamphetamine. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

An 18-year-old was cited when he convinced his mother, 60, to buy beers for the youths – and himself. The boy, an El Verano resident, was cited for possession of methamphetamine, violating probation and furnishing alcohol to a minor. His mother was cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Later in the day a 21-year-old Boyes Hot Springs resident was also cited for purchasing a 12-pack for the youths. 

Albert David May 31, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I cannot understand why someone knowingly purchases alcohol for underage people.
andrew June 01, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Because a lot of people think a drinking age of 21 is stupid. Because you're apparently an adult but not adult enough to be able to make your own decisions. Only in Amerikkka.
Alexis Fitts June 01, 2012 at 05:24 PM
It's a good point Andrew. Especially in Sonoma, where we have very high rates of juvenile alcohol abuse: most likely because there's alcohol all around in the wine economy.
Suzanne Barbara June 02, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I agree that there is a mixed message in Sonoma where so many are dependent on alcohol for a living. We have tasting rooms everywhere it seems. It must be very confusing for older teens when they are told they can vote and serve in the army, but not have a glass of wine. But still, it is only legal to drink at age 21. And there are alot of laws that I might not agree with, but I obey them. So I for one would not knowingly buy alcohol for an underage person.


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