MONROVIA — Four people were cited in Monrovia last week on suspicion of buying alcohol for minors during the state’s largest-ever “decoy shoulder-tap operation,” officials said Wednesday.
Monrovia police joined the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and about 90 other law enforcement agencies statewide Friday to crack down on those willing to purchase alcohol for those not yet 21 years old, Monrovia police officials said in a written statement.
“Under the program, a minor under the direct supervision of a peace officer will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol,” the police statement said. “The minor indicates in some way he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol.
The purpose is to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors, officials added. More than 300 adults were cited for furnishing alcohol to minors throughout the state in the sting, officials said.