ANAHEIM, CA – Over the past two months, the Anaheim Police Department Vice Detail has conducted two “minor decoy” operations in Anaheim in accordance with a nearly $100,000 grant awarded by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Each minor, under the supervision of police investigators, would enter an establishment and attempt to purchase alcohol from an employee. The minors were directed to show their California Drivers’ License, California Identification Card, or tell the employee their true age if asked.
During the operations, 26 businesses were visited and five businesses sold alcohol to minors. Each sale to a minor is a criminal offense and the businesses are subject to administrative penalties by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, including having their license to sell alcoholic beverages suspended or revoked. The employee that sells alcohol to a minor is also arrested and issued a citation. The penalties for a violation could be a fine up to $600, probation for up to 36 months, jail time, or community service.
The Anaheim Police Department is committed to reducing alcohol related offenses involving minors, and in taking enforcement action against those who furnish alcohol to minors.