Three Arrested in Alcohol Decoy Operation

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Source: Santa Maria Police Department

On Saturday, March 09, 2019, the Santa Maria Police Department participated in the ABC “Statewide Shoulder Tap Operation” and also conducted a “Minor Decoy Operation” throughout the City of Santa Maria. These programs are designed to reduce youth access to alcoholic beverages. These type of operations are conducted by local law enforcement throughout the state.

During the ABC “Statewide Shoulder Tap Operation”, a minor decoy under the direct supervision of undercover officers, attempts to get persons from the community to purchase alcoholic beverages from the ABC licensed establishments within our city. This operation was attempted at six different locations of “off-sale establishments" in the City of Santa Maria. An “Off-sale alcoholic beverage establishment” is an establishment that conducts retail sales of alcoholic beverages for consumption off the premises where it was sold. A total of 30 individuals were contacted and t hree were arrested after purchasing an alcoholic beverage for the decoy minor.

During the "Minor Decoy Operation” a minor decoy, under the age of 21, attempted to purchase an alcoholic beverages, under the direct supervision of SMPD undercover officers. The decoy entered six different “on-sale/off-sale establishments”. We are happy to report that none of the establishment sold alcohol to the minor decoy.

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 Partnerships) grant which was awarded to the Santa Maria Police Department in conjunction with the Guadalupe Police Department for these types of operations.

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PitMix Mar 12, 2019 01:06 PM
Three Arrested in Alcohol Decoy Operation

Check out the story above where they did this in Isla Vista. That story says the people that bought alcohol for minors were cited, not arrested. Is that the difference between how they treat offenders in a latino community like Santa Maria and a younger mostly caucasian community in Isla Vista?

d8vanilla Mar 11, 2019 07:01 PM
Three Arrested in Alcohol Decoy Operation

ABC should post their guidelines and rules about purchasing alcohol. Recently, I was in a little discussion about this subject. The clerk said they are not required to ask for ID , but they are supposed to ask the buyer their age. Anyone know the laws / rules / guidelines ????

Flicka Mar 11, 2019 02:08 PM
Three Arrested in Alcohol Decoy Operation

Interesting teens have more drunken driving crashes than adults. What are adults thinking when they agree to buy a minor alcohol?

REX OF SB Mar 12, 2019 12:04 PM
Three Arrested in Alcohol Decoy Operation

No, you missed the point. The blonde was the one who was trying to set up 343532. She was working with the cops. I'd have heckled her, too.

a-1553649070 Mar 12, 2019 11:57 AM
Three Arrested in Alcohol Decoy Operation

343532 - You teased someone (as you drove away) who was arrested/cited for something like this? Kind of cowardly and rude, don't you think?

343532 Mar 12, 2019 11:44 AM
Three Arrested in Alcohol Decoy Operation

When we left 7/11 she was in the back of the parking lot sitting in the front seat of an unmarked with two Sheriffs. We drove by heckling! Lol

343532 Mar 12, 2019 11:45 AM
Three Arrested in Alcohol Decoy Operation

When we left 7/11 she was in the back of the parking lot sitting in the front seat of an unmarked with two Sheriffs. We drove by heckling! Lol

343532 Mar 12, 2019 11:45 AM
Three Arrested in Alcohol Decoy Operation

When we left 7/11 she was in the back of the parking lot sitting in the front seat of an unmarked with two Sheriffs. We drove by heckling! Lol

a-1553649070 Mar 12, 2019 11:45 AM
Three Arrested in Alcohol Decoy Operation

When we left 7/11 she was in the back of the parking lot sitting in the front seat of an unmarked with two Sheriffs. We drove by heckling! Lol

MR2 Mar 12, 2019 12:40 AM
Three Arrested in Alcohol Decoy Operation

Are you sure it was a snitch? This happened to me but it was two girls asking for cigarettes. I told them I was only 16 ( I was ), but they thought I was lying, cussed me out and left. Definitely not snitches.

a-1553649070 Mar 11, 2019 05:07 PM
Three Arrested in Alcohol Decoy Operation

I got tapped once on State Street San Roque, 7/11. I was probably 22, really attractive blonde girl who was around 19/20 came up to be and batted her eyes “can you buy me a beer please”. I was like ehhhhhhhhhhhh when my friends go “she’s a snitch watch out”. I can see how people fall for it. It’s not like they use the kid from The Man show who’s 11.

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