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Calendar >  Minor Decoy / Shoulder Tap Operations – San Marcos

Minor Decoy / Shoulder Tap Operations – San Marcos

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San Marcos, CA -On October 27, 2022, deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSD), along with agents from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and two minor decoys conducted Minor Decoy and Shoulder Tap Operations at various locations in the City of San Marcos.

During the Minor Decoy operation, the minor decoys visited retailers at five locations and attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages under the direct supervision of peace officers. One location sold alcohol to a minor decoy.

The clerk who sold to the minor faces a minimum fine of $250, and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation. In addition, ABC will take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license of the business where alcohol was sold to a minor. That may include a fine, a suspension of the license, or the permanent revocation of the license.

The Shoulder Tap operation was conducted in front of two local retail liquor stores where a minor, under the direct supervision of a peace officer, asked adults to purchase them alcohol. The minor indicated in some way they were underage and could not purchase the alcohol. Fourteen adults were contacted and one adult purchased alcohol for the minor. The penaly for furnishing alcohol to a minor ia a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

ABC conducts these compliance checks statewide to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. Statistics have shown that young people under the age of 21 have a higher rate of drunken driving fatalities than the general adult population.

SDSD partners with ABC through the Alcohol Policing Partnership (APP) grant to help prevent underage drinking and other crimes that may occur at ABC licensed establishments.

In July 2022, SDSD received an APP grant in the amount of $75,000. The money is being spent in the communities patrolled by the Sheriff’s Department to reduce alcohol-related crimes and educate ABC licensed businesses.  The goal of the APP Program is to collaborate with local law enforcement agencies to help make communities safer. The cooperative efforts of the Sheriff’s Department and ABC are aimed at building positive working relationships between all stakeholders and increasing the safety of San Diego County.

Anyone with information on licensed liquor establishments providing alcohol to minors can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477, or by calling the Sheriff’s Department’s non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200.

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