Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) Statewide Shoulder Tap Operations
Report Number:
13-8240,13-8212 & 13-8218    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
Statewide Shoulder Tap Operations
Location:
Ukiah Valley
When: Date: 03/15/13 Time: 1300-1900 hrs.
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: People of the State
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Austreberto Cruz 29 Ukiah, Ca
Suspect #2: Joel Ramos 31 Ukiah, Ca
Suspect #3: Jaime Mendoza 33 Ukiah, Ca
         
Written by: Sergeant Mike Dygert
Synopsis: On 03/15/13 the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office participated in a Statewide "Shoulder Tap" operation managed by California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. During the local operation 3 adults were arrested for furnishing alcohol beverages to minors.

"Shoulder Tap" operations target adults who purchase alcohol for people under the age of 21 (minors). The operation utilizes minors under the supervision of law enforcement officers, to stand outside licensed retail businesses and ask adult patrons to buy them alcohol. The minors make it clear to the adult patrons they are not old enough to buy the alcohol themselves. Any adults purchasing alcohol for the minors are arrested and issued citations by the deputies.

The goals of the program are to reduce the underage consumption and access of alcohol by deterring adults from furnishing alcohol to them outside licensed establishments, expand the involvement of local law enforcement in the enforcement of underage drinking laws, and raise public awareness about the problem.

The local operation focused on various business locations in the Ukiah Valley area. As a result of the operation 27 adult patrons were contacted outside 9 different licensed establishments which resulted in 3 people being arrested and cited for furnishing alcohol beverages to minors. The following people were arrested and cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor:

Austreberto Cruz 29, of Ukiah

Joel Ramos 31, of Ukiah

Jaime Mendoza 33, of Ukiah

Funding for this operation was provided by a grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten