Two arrested in Redding undercover alcohol sting

Mar 15, 2015 7:51 PM by Charlene Cheng

Moments after a quick exchange in front of a gas station convenience store in Redding, police officers swooped in to make the arrest.

The Redding Police Department is just one of almost 100 agencies taking part in a statewide enforcement effort by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, or ABC.

Officers and decoys set up in front of stores, in what's called a shoulder tap operation.

The aim is to catch people who illegally buy alcohol for minors.

"We lose too many young people every year on the highway, through alcohol poisonings, all kinds of alcohol related incidents. In 2012 we lost over 130 in DUI crashes and in 2013, a very similar number," said John Carr, Public Information Officer for ABC.

Officers watched at a 16-year-old decoy asked passersby to buy beer for him.

Most people turned him down, but two said yes.

"They're looking at a $1000 fine. And it's not worth it, it's illegal, and it's dangerous," Carr said.

61-year-old James Rhyne and 36-year-old Christopher Wilson are now awaiting court dates for a decision that Rhyne says he'll never repeat.

"I'll never buy anybody any alcohol again. I never will," he said.


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