November 5th, 2020 10:00 P.M.
Redding Police Department officers and agents with the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) conducted a Minor Decoy operation on November 5th, 2020 from 5 pm to 9 pm in the City of Anderson. Minor Decoy operations involve minors who work under the direct supervision of officers and attempt to purchase alcohol from retail licensees.
Store employees who sell alcohol to a minor face a minimum fine of $250, and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation. In addition, ABC will take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license of the business where alcohol was sold to a minor. That may include a fine, a suspension or the permanent revocation of the license. The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.
During the Minor Decoy operation, the following four store clerks were cited for selling alcohol to a minor:
- Jeannie Larue, 48 years of Redding, at the Valero on North St.
- Nicholas Gill, 20 years of Redding, at the Arco AM/PM on Rhonda Rd.
- Gregory Conrotto, 60 years of Red Bluff, at the Mike’s Food and Fuel on Ox Yoke Rd.
- Merrie Johnson, 43 years of Anderson, at the 711 on North St.
ABC is conducting the compliance checks statewide to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. Statistics have shown that young people under the age of 21 have a higher rate of drunken driving fatalities than the general adult population.
Minor Decoy operations have been conducted by local law enforcement throughout the state since the 1980’s. When the program first began, the violation rate of retail establishments selling to minors was as high as 40 to 50 percent. When conducted on a routine basis, the rate has dropped in some cities as low as 10 percent or even below.
In 1994, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that use of underage decoys is a valid tool of law enforcement to ensure that licensees are complying with the law.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the ABC through the department’s Grant Assistance Program. The Redding Police Department conducts ABC operations throughout Shasta County by funding from this program.
Corporal Rob Garnero #395
Corporal Chris Mills #365