The Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) Vice Investigations Section, in cooperation with investigators from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), conducted three “minor decoy” undercover operations in Long Beach during September and October 2012.
The undercover operations focused on employees inside ABC-licensed businesses such as liquor or convenience stores. These employees were approached by minors under the age of 21, under the supervision of the LBPD, who were attempting to purchase alcohol from the establishment. Employees from various businesses who allowed the minors to purchase alcohol were identified and subsequently issued misdemeanor citations for unlawfully furnishing alcohol to a minor. The businesses were unaware that an undercover operation was underway.
During the course of the three operations, 58 different establishments were visited, and a total of 16 individuals were issued misdemeanor citations. At the conclusion of the operations, detectives notified ownership/management of each business of the successful or unsuccessful attempt by a minor to purchase alcohol from their establishment.
The LBPD will continue to enforce ABC laws at all establishments throughout the city, according to the department.
Anyone wishing to report illegal behavior relating to the unlawful sale of alcohol may contact the Vice Investigations Section at (562) 570-7219. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1 (800) 222-TIPS, texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES, or by visiting lacrimestoppers.org .