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Clerk at Canyon Lake business cited for selling alcohol to minors

A Minor Decoy Operation targeting Riverside County businesses that sell alcohol resulted in one clerk being cited for selling alcohol to minors at a business in the 24000 block of Canyon Lake Drive North in the City of Canyon Lake, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department announced on Wednesday.

The operation was conducted on Saturday by agents from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), along with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, Under the direct supervision of department agents, minors attempted to purchase alcohol from four retail licensees in Riverside County.

Those who sell alcohol to minors 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, which may include a fine, a suspension of the license, or the permanent revocation of the license.

In addition to the Minor Decoy Operation, deputies conducted a Shoulder Tap Operation that targeted adults who purchased alcohol for individuals under the age of 21. The operation resulted in four suspects being arrested and citations issued for furnishing alcohol to a minor in the City of Wildomar. The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

“Minor Decoy operations hold accountable those who sell alcohol to minors,” ABC Director Joseph McCullough said. “Keeping alcohol away from youth is a priority..”

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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