Four area liquor stores were caught selling alcohol to underage individuals during an operation where the Temecula Police Department Problem Oriented Policing Team worked in collaboration with undercover decoys. The operation took place from 6 – 10 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, a Sheriff’s official reported.
Twenty-seven off-sale liquor stores were selected for the operation and the underage decoys were sent in to purchase alcohol, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s report.
While 23 of the 27 stores were found to be in compliance with regulations, four of the stores were not because they sold alcoholic beverages to the underage decoys, Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Gaskins said.
Store clerks who sold the decoys alcohol could now face $250 in fines and up to 32 hours of community service for their actions, according to Gaskins.
The operation took place because members of the Temecula Police Department were trying to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors in the community.