REDDING, Calif. - Redding Police and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control conducted minor decoy operations that ended with 21 propositioned and four people receiving citations.
Officers from the Redding Police Department and Agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control conducted minor decoy operations in the Redding, Anderson, and Shasta County areas over Dec. 18 through Dec. 20.
The minor decoy operations were conducted at 12 businesses and all were successful in refusing the sale of alcohol to a minor, officers said.
During the operation, 21 people were propositioned and four were cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor.
The operations incorporated the use of minors between the ages of 18 and 21, undercover law enforcement officials attempted to purchase alcohol from businesses or to have citizens purchase alcohol for them, understanding the individual is a minor, officers said.
The goal of these sweeps is for officers to enforce the compliance of businesses holding alcoholic beverage sale licenses, and to deter people from purchasing alcohol for those under 21, according to the police.
People who fail to abide by these laws are issued citations for furnishing alcohol to the minor and charges are filed through the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office. Businesses are also notified regarding their success or failure to comply with the following law.
The Redding Police Department said they would like to remind businesses and citizens of the dangers and legal consequences of providing alcohol to minors.
These operations are funded by a grant through the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.