News Story


Alcohol Decoy Sting Operation
4/23/2015 2:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Alcohol Decoy Sting Operation

Report Number:


Various Retail Locations in and Around the City of Camarillo

Date & Time:

 April 21, 2015 / 2-10 p.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Camarillo Police Department- Community Resource Unit

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

City of Residence


(S) Oscar Ballines 

(S) Miguel Sanchez









On April 21, 2015, the Camarillo Police Department's Community Resource Unit and an agent from the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) conducted an alcohol sting, using underage minor decoys, in an attempt to purchase alcohol from various retail establishments in and around the city of Camarillo. The goal of this operation was to limit minors' access to alcohol and to confirm retail establishments are abiding by the Business and Professions Code and rules set forth by the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control. 


Two underage decoys were used in an attempt to purchase alcohol from 17 different locations. Cashiers at 15 locations asked for identification and turned the decoys away without selling any alcoholic beverages. Two cashiers at different locations sold to the underage decoys after looking at identification that verified the decoys were under the age of 21.


The Camarillo Community Resource Unit will continue to conduct periodic sting operations in an effort to prevent minors' access to alcohol.


The Prom is just around the corner and high school graduation is about a month away. The police department would like to remind the public that 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:



Sergeant John Franchi


Media Release Date:

April 22, 2015


Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant John Franchi (805) 947-9363


Approved by:

Captain Cory Rubright



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).