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August 13, 2013 > Six arrested during "Decoy Shoulder Tap" operation

Six arrested during "Decoy Shoulder Tap" operation

Submitted By Newark PD

On August 1, 2013, members of the Newark Police Department partnered with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and conducted a "Decoy Shoulder Tap" operation in Newark. The Decoy Shoulder Tap Program is an enforcement operation that uses minor decoys to identify people who furnish alcoholic beverages to minors outside ABC licensed establishments.

It is a misdemeanor to furnish alcoholic beverages to minors and any persons observed furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors are subject to arrest pursuant to Section 25658(a) of the Business & Profession Code.

During the five hour operation, six adults were arrested. Five were charged with furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor. Of those five, one was also arrested for possession of marijuana and one was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sales. One additional subject was contacted during the operation and was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, violation of a criminal protective order and multiple no-cite/no-bail warrants.

Additional operations are planned throughout the year. The Newark Police Department encourages all adults to not buy any alcoholic beverages for any minors when asked as it could be a planned operation. Those found guilty of furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors faces both a fine and possible jail time.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) through the department's Grant Assistance Program.

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