Oxnard: 4 Arrested in Sting selling Alcohol to Minors

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On 8/24/16 members of the Oxnard Police Department Neighborhood Policing Team and The State of California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) conducted a sting operation to apprehend offenders who furnish alcohol to minors.  Four men were arrested for 25658(a) of the Business and Professions Code for furnishing alcohol to minors. 

Oxnard Police Officers selected high traffic areas that have convenience stores and liquor stores that sell alcoholic beverages. Several underage decoys who are under the age of 21, loitered in front of these stores and asked people if they would buy them beer. The decoys would tell people that they were not old enough to buy alcohol and asked people if they would go into the store and buy the beer for them. Over a four hour period four men agreed to furnish alcoholic beverages to the minors.

Each suspect was observed taking money from the decoys and entering the stores to buy alcoholic beverages. Each of the four suspects came back outside and handed alcoholic beverages to the underage decoys. The men were detained a short distance away from the stores and questioned. Each suspect admitted that they had bought beer for the minors and they understood that they were not old enough to buy the alcohol themselves. Each of the suspects were issued a misdemeanor citation for 25658(a) of the Business and Professions Code and released from the scene. The retail locations did not commit any violations and they were unaware of our presence during the time of the operation. The alcoholic beverages were later returned to the stores after the arrests were made.

The Oxnard Police Department Neighborhood Policing Team focuses on crime and quality of life issues at the neighborhood level with a focus on Community Policing and Problem Solving.  This includes working with other agencies such as The Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control to address those issues.

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