Police arrest 5 in sting to catch people buying alcohol for minors in San Jacinto
SAN JACINTO – Four buyers and one clerk in San Jacinto were arrested during a weekend police sting aimed at people who provide alcohol to minors, authorities said today.
Police positioned a person under the age of 21 outside liquor stores Saturday who asked adults to buy them alcohol, said San Jacinto police Sgt. Robert Himmelberg. Four adults agreed to buy alcohol for the minor, he said.
A decoy also bought alcohol from a clerk at a San Jacinto store and the clerk was issued a citation, he said.
“Those who sold to the minor face a minimum fine of $250 and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation,” he said.
The State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will also take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license of the business, Himmelberg said.
“Statistics have shown that young people under the age of 21 have a higher rate of drunken driving fatalities than the general adult population,” he said.
Minor decoy operations have reduced the violation rate of retail establishments from 40 to 50 percent in the 1980s to 10 percent or below, he said.