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Sting operations over the last two months caught six Mountain View businesses selling alcoholic beverages to minors, police said. Mountain View police and minors from the Explorer program conducted operations sending underage buyers to buy alcohol without an ID. On Feb. 18, three stores sold alcohol to the Explorers: Winepress at 2100 W. El Camino Real, Walmart at 600 Showers Drive and California Market at 1595 California St. Police conducted stings at 14 different businesses that day.
On Feb. 25, a second sting operation targeted 24 businesses. This time, two citations were issued for selling alcohol to minors, at Clyde’s Liquors at 239 W. El Camino Real and at One Stop Grocer at 400 Moffett Blvd. On March 16, another sting operation at nine businesses resulted in a citation at Stop N Save at 2105 Old Middlefield Road. Police also cited an individual who bought beer for a minor himself after she asked him to and told him she was underage. The man was identified as Francisco Leos, 52, of Mountain View. Mountain View police said they conduct such sting operations yearly. Businesses that are cited are also reported to the California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control.
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