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Posted on: October 10, 2018

Fontana Police Cite Three Suspects for Furnishing Alcohol to Minors During Decoy Operation

FPD Press Release

Officers from the Fontana Police issued citations to three subjects on September 13, 2018, for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors.  During the operation, two locations in the City of Fontana were visited and a total of 17 subjects were contacted.  Of those 17 subjects, three received a citation for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors.  Two of those subjects cited also had methamphetamine and one was carrying metal knuckles. 

ABC agents and officers from Fontana Police conducted a program called a Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation which targets adults who purchase alcohol for people less than 21 years of age.  Under the program, a minor under the direct supervision of a peace officer will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol.  The minor indicates in some way he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol. 

If the adults agree to purchase alcohol for the minor, officers and agents then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to a minor.  The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service. 

The program is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors.  Statistics show they generally have a higher rate of drunk driving crashes than adults.  Studies also show the combination of alcohol and youth tends to increase criminal conduct.  According to the American Medical Association, underage drinking can increase the chances of risky sexual behavior and teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, compromise health, and result in unintentional injury or death. 

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) through the department’s Alcohol Policing Partnership.

ABC is a Department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.

Media Inquiries

Please contact Sergeant Kevin Goltara, Press Information Officer

(909) 356-3366 kgoltara@fontana.org

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