On April 5, individuals at five Alameda restaurants were cited for furnishing alcohol to minors — a misdemeanor punishable by both a $250 fine and at least 24 hours of community service. The arrests were part of an undercover operation funded by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (ABC) Grant Assistance to Local Law Enforcement Program — a state program committed to the suppression of underage alcohol sales.
As part of the sting, Alameda officers sent two decoys, both under age 21, into five restaurants along Alameda’s Park Street and Central Avenue. The targeted restaurants included Burma Superstar, Alameda Wine Co., Hong Kong City Restaurant, Monkey King Pub & Grub, and Flavors of India. Once the underage decoys received liquor, an immediate arrest of either a restaurant employee or owner was made on site. All those cited were released at the scene.
According to a report issued by the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, local law enforcement officers visit roughly 4,000-6,000 establishments annually in decoy operations statewide and use the programs to “focus the public’s attention on the problem and send a warning that selling alcohol to minors is illegal.”
More information on the ABC and minor decoys can be found at The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
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