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21 Arrested in Stings: Booze Sales to Minors

Contra Costa sheriff's office conducted three decoy operations visiting 44 markets and liquor stores in February.

The sheriff's office made 21 arrests of adults in three February stings that visited 44 liquor stores or markets with minors attempting to buy alcohol.

Minors supervised by law enforcement tried to buy booze in the store or loitered outside a store and asked adults to buy them alcohol, according to a Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office press release from public information officer Jimmy Lee.

Seventeen adults were charged with selling alcohol to minors, and four were arrested for buying alcohol for minors, Lee said. The arrest of one adult resulted in a further felony charge of possession of methamphetamine, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of burglary tools, police said.

The sheriff's office conducted the decoy operations in conjunction with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. See the sheriff's office news release attached to this article.

Chris J Kapsalis March 06, 2013 at 08:03 PM
But it is good we are seeing alcohol for what it is, as bad if not worse than any street drug. I just wish they would deal with it differently than putting a carrot in frount of a person that poor people will grab more often than rich people, if at all, would.
bryan March 06, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Looks like none of the stings were in Lamorinda according to News24/680. Some in unincorporated WC and El Sobrante. http://www.news24-680.com/news/police-fire/county-sheriff-abc-target-adults-furnishing-alcohol-to-minors
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The Merry One March 08, 2013 at 01:08 AM
I wish the sting would have included a particular convenience store on Moraga Road in Moraga. We have frequented a neighboring business for years and have been approached by teenagers lingering in front of the store, asking us to purchase alcohol for them. Sadly, we've watched as adults have complied. My husband and I have intervened, asking the adult not to make the purchase and the responses have been astounding. When we tried contacting the MPD, they said they needed to catch the adult in the act of giving the alcohol to the minor. We've also tried convincing the teens that this wasn't a good idea to no avail.

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