Needles, CA: Deputies arrested 2 people during Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation.

Needles, CA: Deputies arrested 2 people during Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, on the evening of Friday, March 30th, 2018, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station and agents from the California’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (A.B.C.) arrested 2 suspects, identified as 21 year old Kyle Hunsucker from Prescott Valley, Arizona and 62 year old James Gorba from Needles, California, for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors.

The operation was conducted in the general vicinity of Needles, California.

Local law enforcement and California Alcoholic Beverage Control (A.B.C.) agents 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.

If the adults agree to purchase alcohol for the minor, deputies and California Alcoholic Beverage Control (A.B.C.) agents then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor.

The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is generally a minimum $1000 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 drunken driving crashes than adults.

According to the American Medical Association, underage drinking can increase chances of risky sexual behavior and teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, compromise health, and result in unintentional injury and death.

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