Two busted in alcohol sting
Two people were arrested Friday evening and charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor as part of the Sonoma Police Department’s “Shoulder Tap” operation.
Friday’s operation was part of a statewide effort to combat the furnishing of alcoholic beverages to minors. Statewide, 56 agencies were involved and operations were conducted in more than 19 counties, many with the assistance of local Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Agents.
As a result, more than 506 arrests were made statewide.
In the Sonoma Police Department’s sting, five businesses in Sonoma and Sonoma Valley were visited by a minor decoys, who asked potential customers to purchase alcohol for them after telling them they were underage. Of those asked, two individuals agreed and then later provided alcohol to the underage decoy. Both subjects were arrested for furnishing alcohol to a minor and one of the subjects was found in possession of suspected narcotics.
Funds for this operation were provided by a grant from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
The Sonoma Police Department will continue to routinely conduct undercover operations with the goal of obtaining compliance from both local businesses and the general public of the laws regarding minors and alcohol.