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.