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*More Than 170 Arrests ade In Shoulder Tap Operation

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The largest police enforcement operation ever in Northern California took place Saturday and netted at least 170 citations and arrests, according to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.The operation began at 2 p.m. Saturday, and involved more than 30 law enforcement agencies in the largest shoulder tap decoy operation ever assembled in the region, according to the department.The operation targeted adults who purchase alcohol for people under 21 years old and had minors stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol while indicating in some way that he or she is underage.As of 11 p.m., 126 individuals were cited for furnishing alcohol to minors, while police also made arrests for violations including driving under the influence, possession of illegal narcotics, being drunk in public, stolen vehicle charges, and probation violations.The operation was conducted in multiple cities and counties throughout Northern California to reduce youth access during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.A task force of about 180 police officers from Alcoholic Beverage Control, Cotati, Healdsburg, Sonoma State University, Berkeley, Martinez, Vacaville, Fairfield, Burlingame, Daly City, Millbrae and Pacifica and other departments took part in the operation.Law enforcement agencies from other Northern California counties included Solano, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Sonoma.The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

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  • This is entrapment. If the minors had not asked the patrons and the adults offered to do it without coercion, then it would be a different story. I am not an advocate of minors consuming alchohol, I just think the laws should be enforced properly.

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