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Three suspects arrested during Lake Elsinore Shoulder Tap operation

Agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office arrested three suspects on Saturday, April 13, for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors.

The joint operation, known as Shoulder Tap, was conducted in the City of Lake Elsinore. Should Tap targets adults who purchase alcohol for individuals under the legal drinking age of 21. The program is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors and deter adults from providing alcohol to minors.

During the operation, a minor decoy, under the direct supervision of law enforcement, stands outside a liquor or convenience store and asks patrons to buy them alcohol. The minor indicates in some way 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.

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

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