News Story

 

Unincorporated Areas of West County - Four Arrested in Sales of Alcohol to Minors
12/18/2014 10:39:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Alcohol 'Minor Decoy' Sting Operation

 

Report Number:

N/A

Location:

Unincorporated areas of West County/Headquarters Station

Date & Time:

December 18, 2014 / 2-10 p.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff, Headquarters Station

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Age

(s) Male Juvenile

(s) Guadalupe Lopez

(s) Alan Hernandez

(s) Nobuko Yeto

Ventura

Camarillo

Oxnard

Oxnard

17

48

24

66

 

Narrative:

On 12-18-2014, the Ventura County Sheriff Office, Headquarters Station and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) conducted an alcohol sting, using underage minor decoys, in an attempt to purchase alcohol from various on-sale and off-sale establishments in the unincorporated areas of West County. On-sale generally means merchants are authorized to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises where sold. Off-sale generally means merchants are authorized to sell alcohol to be consumed offsite. The goal of this operation was to limit minors' access to alcohol and confirm establishments are abiding by the Business and Professions Code and rules set forth by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. 

 

Three underage decoys were used in an attempt to purchase alcohol from 13 locations throughout the unincorporated areas of West County. Servers at nine locations asked for identification and turned away the decoys without selling any alcoholic beverages. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office wants to thank these nine servers who refused to sell alcohol to a minor. Servers at four locations furnished alcohol to the underage decoy and either failed to ask for identification or looked at the identification and furnished it anyway. All four of these subjects were arrested for BP 25658(a) / furnishing alcohol to a minor.

 

The Ventura County Sheriff Headquarters station will continue to conduct periodic sting operations in an effort to prevent minors' access to alcohol.

 

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public that selling alcohol to, or purchasing alcohol for, minors is illegal and that alcohol is a factor in many homicides, suicides, and other unintentional injuries which along with car crashes are the four leading causes of death in 15-20 year olds. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office wants to remind the public to report incidents of underage drinking and illegal purchasing of alcohol to their local law enforcement agency.

 

 

Prepared by:

Brian Richmond, Sergeant

 

Media Release Date:

December 18, 2014

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Brian Richmond 805 654-2110

 

Approved by:

Patti Salas, Captain

 







 

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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