The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) reported Wednesday that its Vice Investigations section, in cooperation with investigators from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), conducted two undercover operations throughout the city of Long Beach on Jan. 22, 2013.
The “Minor Decoy” operation focused on employees, and the “Shoulder Tap” operation focused on customers of ABC-licensed businesses such as liquor or 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, according to the LBPD.
During the course of the “Minor Decoy” operation, 20 establishments were visited, resulting in seven citations issued to employees for selling alcohol to a minor. The seven misdemeanor citations were issued in the following areas: 800 block of East Anaheim Street, 1800 block of East Anaheim Street, 2200 block of East Anaheim Street, 5600 block of Paramount Boulevard, 2900 block of Santa Fe Avenue and 2300 block of East South Street.
During the “Shoulder Tap” operation, 14 customers were contacted outside an establishment in the 400 block of Long Beach Boulevard resulting in three citations being issued to customers for furnishing alcohol to a minor.
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 their tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visitLACrimeStoppers.org .