TEMECULA – A sheriff’s sting targeting adults who buy alcohol for juveniles netted two arrests in Temecula, authorities said on Friday, May 9.
Julian Arreola, 23, of Temecula, and Enrique Roman, 44, of Anza, were arrested on suspicion of furnishing alcohol to a minor during a “shoulder tap” operation on Thursday.
According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Gaskins, deputies conducted the sting at various convenience stores throughout the city using underage decoys, who asked individuals to purchase them beer or other alcoholic beverages.
A person must be 21-years-old to buy alcohol under state law.
Arreola and Roman were issued misdemeanor citations ordering them to appear in court at a future date, then released.
Funding for the operation came from a California Office of Traffic Safety grant, according to Gaskins.