SAN JOSE -- A "shoulder tap" decoy operation targeting adults who agree to buy alcohol for someone under the legal age yielded six arrests earlier this summer, San Jose State University officials announced Wednesday.
In addition to arrests for furnishing alcohol to minors, two suspects under age 21 were arrested for possessing alcoholic beverages and one arrested for possession of marijuana and having an outstanding warrant.
The operation took place on a Friday night in June in the downtown area. A "decoy" minor was used under close surveillance of a police officer. The decoy stands outside a liquor or convenience store and asks patrons to buy them alcohol, making it clear that they are underage and cannot legally buy it for themselves.
If the adult agrees, they are arrested, cited and released at the scene. The penalty is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.
The operation's goal is to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors and prevent alcohol-related accidents, crimes or risky behavior, according to university police.
It is funded by the state Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.