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Adults in Manhattan Beach Caught Giving Alcohol to Minors

Police conduct a 'shoulder tap' sting in three beach cities.

A "shoulder tap" sting in three beach cities resulted in adults being cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor, said police.

The sting was conducted on Sunday, Jan. 10 in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and El Segundo. Ninety-nine adults were asked by minors to buy alcohol for them. Five adults in Manhattan Beach were cited for doing so, with seven adults cited for the same in El Segundo, said Sgt. Chris Vargas of the Manhattan Beach Police Department.

Ninety-nine adults were asked by the minor decoys to purchase alcohol for them, five people in the City of Manhattan Beach and seven people in the City of El Segundo made a purchase and furnished alcohol to the minor decoys. These adults were subsequently cited for furnishing alcohol to minors. 

In addition, one person was arrested for a warrant in Manhattan Beach and another person was arrested for possessing nitrous oxide in El Segundo, he said.

The Decoy Shoulder Tap Program is an enforcement program that ABC and local law enforcement agencies use to detect and deter alcohol sales to minors, said Vargas. Under direct supervision of law enforcement, a minor decoy solicits adults to buy alcohol for them outside ABC licensed stores. Vargas said the minor tells the adult his true age and asks them to purchase an alcoholic beverage. Any person seen giving alcohol to the minor is either arrested or cited.

Vargas said the program's goal is to reduce underage alcohol consumption by deterring adults, through education and enforcement, from furnishing alcohol to minors outside of stores.

The program is funded by a grant that enables Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and El Segundo police departments and ABC investigators to provide training to ABC licensed establishments, conduct briefing training to patrol officers and conduct inspections and sting operations to determine if licensed establishments are abiding by state laws and local operating permits.

Anyone with questions about the grant or program should contact Sgt. Chris Vargas at (310) 802-5158.

Philip Georgious January 27, 2014 at 02:18 AM
If kids are under 18 and are caught receiving alcohol from adults I believe the book should be thrown at them. Giving alcohol to young adults 18-20, not fair! Older adults and senior citizens don't fall for this! If a young adult approaches you for this reason, it should cross your mind that they are dysfunctional and cannot wipe their own ass after using the toilet. If she is a pretty thing, stay further away!
Philip Georgious January 27, 2014 at 02:21 AM
Hey Brian Folks, I would love to see an adult after they receive the money to purchase the alcohol, call the police to request citing this minor. Don't forget to take out a video camera to record this.
Matt Espitia January 27, 2014 at 03:19 PM
Usually done outside the 7-11 in MB by Mira costa. The cops sit in a van and watch. They tried to get me a few times and I've always said no. "Awe come on bro were just trying to party!" No get away from me. I bought a pack of smokes and went back to my car. "Can I have a cig?" NO! GET THE HELL AWAY FROM ME! How many times do I have to say no? It's obvious your doing a sting. I walked up to the van told them nice try next time don't wear the brass badges under a parking lot lamp. Heavy tint won't hide that.
Matt Espitia January 27, 2014 at 03:22 PM
Aside from the booze. When I was a costa it was a gold mine for drugs. It has always been known by other kids from other schools for that. But the admins at the school won't do anything about it. They will allow the kid to keep doing so as long as they are getting paid off.
Brian Folks February 12, 2014 at 02:23 PM
I have 2 teenagers, but going out trying to induce people to commit crimes is wrong.

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