Escondido police detectives conducted a “Minor Decoy” operation December 15. This operation involves a minor, working under the direction of a police detective, entering various businesses in Escondido and attempting to purchase alcohol.
The minor tried to purchase alcohol from seven different businesses. Six of the seven businesses complied with the law by not selling alcohol to a minor. However, Jimbo’s Market at 1633 Centre City Pkwy. did sell alcohol to the minor.
An employee at the store was given a misdemeanor citation for selling alcohol to a person under 21 years of age.
The Minor Decoy operations are a small part of the Escondido Police Department strategy to combat the dangers associated with underage drinking. Additional operations are planned for the coming months.
This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Education and Teen Alcohol Enforcement Program Grant, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.