Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 25658(a) B&P furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Report Number:
13-13591, 13-13583 & 13-13607    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
25658(a) B&P furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Location:
Willits, Covelo and Laytonville, Ca.
When: Date: 04/30/13 Time:
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
         
Written by: Sergeant Mike Dygert
Synopsis: On 04/30/13 Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies cited three (3) employees of separate licensed alcohol beverage retailers for selling alcoholic beverages to minors. The actions were a result of a compliance check operation conducted on business's that sell alcoholic beverages to the public.

The compliance check is referred to as a "Minor Decoy Operation" in which a minor (a person under 20 years of age) is sent into establishments (under the direct supervision of law enforcement investigators) and attempts to purchase alcoholic beverages. Those individuals who sold alcoholic beverages to the minors are cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor, a violation of 25658(a) B&P. A first time violation could result in a fine or community service. In addition the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control may take administrative action against the business's liquor sales license.

The following alcohol beverage retailers sold to a minor decoy:

1. Diggers bar in Willits, Ca.
2. Boomers bar in Laytonville, Ca.
3. Dan's Grocery in Covelo, Ca.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control are conducting the compliance checks throughout Mendocino County to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors.

Funding for this compliance check operation was provided by a grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten