Clovis sting busts adults buying alcohol for minors

Clovis police are cracking down on adults who buy alcohol for minors. It's all part of "Operation Shoulder Tap."
March 16, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
Clovis police are cracking down on adults who buy alcohol for minors. It's all part of "Operation Shoulder Tap."

On Saturday night, Clovis police say they caught two people. Police say as part of the sting, decoys waited in front of liquor stores and asked people to purchase alcohol for them. One man who agreed to a sale was also arrested for driving under the influence.

Clovis police say they want adults to think twice before buying alcohol for minors.

"You might get them started on the road to alcoholism," said Clovis police Sgt. Brett Hershberger. "You're furnishing them alcohol. They could get drunk and then end up getting behind the wheel of a vehicle and killing somebody, and we don't want that; that's what we want to prevent."

Clovis police say out of 17 attempts to get an adult to purchase alcohol for the decoys, only two people said "yes."

Statewide, this year's operation has resulted in 536 arrests or citations as of midnight on Sunday, according to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.


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