The Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) Vice Investigations Section, in cooperation with investigators from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), conducted two undercover operations in the city of Long Beach on Monday, Nov. 26.
The “Minor Decoy” operation focused on employees and the “Shoulder Tap” operation focused on customers of ABC-licensed businesses such as liquor and convenience stores. Minors under the age of 21, under the supervision of the LBPD, either approached employees and attempted to purchase alcohol or approached customers outside the venue and requested alcohol be purchased on their behalf.
Employees who allowed the minor to purchase alcohol and customers who purchased alcohol for minors 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 operation, 20 establishments were visited. Eight customers and two employees, a total of 10 individuals, were issued misdemeanor citations in the following areas:
1200 block of East 4th Street 1300 block of East 7th Street
1600 block of Pine Avenue 1800 block of Pacific Avenue
1900 block of East 4th Street 3400 block of East Artesia Blvd
5200 block of East 2nd Street 6900 block of Long Beach Blvd
700 block of East 4th Street 700 block of East Willow Street
In a press release issued this week, the LBPD indicated that these operations are conducted with the community’s safety in mind and that it will continue to enforce ABC laws at all establishments throughout the city.
Anyone wishing to report illegal behavior relating to the unlawful sale of alcohol should contact the Vice Investigations Section at (562) 570-7219. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit LACrimeStoppers.org .