News Story


Headquarters Station: Three Arrested During Alcohol ''Shoulder Tap'' Operation
2/7/2015 10:17:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Alcohol 'Shoulder Tap' Operation

Report Number:



Unincorporated areas of West County/Headquarters Station

Date & Time:

February 6, 2015 / 2- 10 p.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff, Headquarters Station

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

City of Residence


(S) Ojeda, Mario

(S) Oretta, John

(S) Valerio, Juan                                            











On 2-6-2015, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office conducted an alcohol enforcement operation. Underage minor decoys were used, under the direct supervision of law enforcement officers, to solicit adults outside California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) licensed stores to purchase alcohol for the minors. The goal of this operation was to limit minors' access to alcohol.


Underage decoys were used in an attempt to solicit others to purchase alcohol for them in different locations throughout the unincorporated areas of West County. Approximately 19 subjects at 6 locations were solicited during the operation. Three adult males purchased alcohol for the minor decoys. The subjects were arrested for BP 25658(a) / furnishing alcohol to a minor. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Headquarters Station wants to thank the other 16 subjects who refused to purchase alcohol for the minors.


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


The Ventura County Sheriff's Headquarters Station 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.


Prepared by:

Brian Richmond, Sergeant


News Release Date:

February 7, 2015


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).