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Busted: Three stores sell alcohol to minors, police say 

Selling alcohol to minors

The Pioneer Food Mart was one of three stores that sold alcohol to a minor decoy, police report. Image from Google Maps.

On Saturday, April 5, officers from the Paso Robles Police Department conducted a ‘Minor Decoy Operation’ designed to help reduce youth access to alcohol. This operation involved minors attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages from Paso Robles businesses. The minors were being monitored by undercover officers.

The sting took place at 11 different businesses in Paso Robles. The minor would enter the business and attempt to purchase alcohol. The minor was successful at three locations. The clerks that sold the alcohol were cited. The penalty for this violation is a $250 fine and/or community service. Those businesses will also be contacted by investigators from Alcohol Beverage Control and may face sanctions.

Paso Robles Police and Alcohol Beverage Control Investigators will be conducting similar operations in the coming months, with the goal being to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors.

Businesses that sold alcohol to minor

  • Pioneer Food Mart, 1145 Spring Street
  • Woodland Chevron, 190 Niblick Road
  • AM/PM Golden Horizon, Gasco 195 Niblick Road

Businesses contacted and alcohol refused to minor

  • J&J Liquor & Food Mart 3355 Spring Street
  • Appy’s Liquor 2816, Spring Street
  • Rite Aid #5832 2424, Spring Street
  • 7-Eleven Store 2331, Spring Street
  • Valero Corner Store, 2340 Spring Street
  • La Reyna Market, 532 24th Street
  • Savage Spirits & Deli, 2050 Spring Street
  • CVS Pharmacy Store, 187 Niblick Road

The program is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. According to the American Medical Association, underage drinking can increase chances of risky sexual behavior and teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, compromise health, and result in unintentional injury and death. These programs support the Police Department’s mission to work with the community to build trust and provide quality service that actively prevents crime, reduces the fear of crime, and promotes safety.

This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap Grant Project, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

About the author: Scott Brennan

Scott Brennan is the editor and publisher of the Paso Robles Daily News.

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