Minor Decoy Operation in Santa Maria
Source: Santa Maria Police Department
On Saturday, February 15, 2020, the Santa Maria Police Department conducted an ABC “Shoulder Tap” operation throughout the City of Santa Maria. These programs are designed to reduce youth access to alcoholic beverages.
During the "Shoulder Tap" operation, a minor decoy under the direct supervision of officers, attempts to get person(s) from the community to purchase an alcoholic beverage from ABC licensed establishments within our city. This operation was attempted at three different locations in the City of Santa Maria. Out of 13 individuals contacted during the operation three subjects purchased an alcoholic beverage for the minor decoy. After purchasing the alcohol for the minor decoy, the suspects were contacted and arrested on charges of furnishing an alcoholic beverage for a minor.
During the operation the following additional violations were discovered:
- One of the subjects was found to have a felony warrant and was arrested and booked.
- One of the subjects was found to have a misdemeanor warrant and was arrested and booked.
- Two of subjects were cited for driving a motor vehicle without a driver’s license.
These type of programs are 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 provided by the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) by A.P.P. (Alcohol Policing Partnership) grant which was awarded to the Santa Maria Police Department in conjunction with the Guadalupe Police Department for these types of operations.