CONTRA COSTA COUNTY -- Twenty-two people were arrested on charges of furnishing alcohol to minors during a series of decoy operations conducted last month by the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office and the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

One of those arrested is also facing felony charges for methamphetamine possession, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of burglary tools, the sheriff's office said in a news release. That person's name was not released.

During the crackdown, detectives sent underage decoys into stores to try to buy alcohol and also conducted "Shoulder Tap" operations, in which a minor decoy stand outside stores and ask adults to buy them alcohol.

Seventeen store clerks were arrested for selling alcohol to a minor and four others were arrested for buying alcohol for minors, the sheriff's office reported Tuesday. The names of those arrested were not released, nor were the store names or locations.

Selling alcohol to a minor can include fines of up to $1,000, community service and a possible revocation of an establishment's license to sell alcohol.

Rick Hurd covers crime. Contact him in Walnut Creek at 925-945-4780 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.



Advertisement