Escondido, CA

Two adults cited for selling alcohol to underage kids

Escondido Police detectives conducted a sting operation on January 21, catch­ing two businesses that were willing to sell alcoholic beverages to a minor. The Minor Decoy operation involved sending an underage person, working under the direction of a police detective, into vari­ous businesses in Escondido to attempt to purchase alcohol.

The minor tried to purchase alcohol from eight different businesses. Most of the businesses complied with the law by not selling alcohol to the minor. However, a 7-11 store at 1062 W. El Norte Park­way and Antonio’s Mexican Restaurant at 1755 E. Valley Parkway sold alcohol to the minor. An employee at each 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’s strategy to combat the dangers associated with underage drinking. Addi­tional operations are planned for the com­ing months. The operations are funded with a grant from the California Depart­ment of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) through the Grant Assistance program.

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