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Canyon Lake Lodge bartender, Wildomar clerk cited for selling alcohol to minors

A bartender at the Canyon Lake Lodge and a clerk at an establishment in the City of Wildomar were cited for selling alcohol to minors during an operation conducted by agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The Minor Decoy and Shoulder Tap operations were conducted on Saturday, May 18. During the operations, minors attempted to purchase alcohol from restaurants in the City of Canyon Lake and retail licensees in the City of Wildomar.

The operations resulted in a bartender and a clerk being cited for selling alcohol to minors and the arrests of two suspects for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors.

A Minor Decoy operation involves minors attempting to purchase alcohol. The minors work under the direct supervision of deputies and agents. Those who sell to a minor face 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, or the permanent revocation of the license.

A Shoulder Tap operation targets adults who purchased alcohol for individuals under the age of 21. During the operation, a minor decoy stands outside a liquor or convenience store and asks patrons to buy them alcohol. The minor indicates, in some way, that he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol. If they agree to purchase alcohol for the minor, agents then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor decoy. The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

“We conduct these operations to keep alcohol out of the hands of our youth,” ABC Director Joseph McCullough said. “By preventing underage drinking, we can increase the quality of life in our communities and reduce DUIs.”

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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