Vista, California - Deputies from the Sheriff's Department Vista COPPS Unit and minor decoys participated in a "Minor Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation" at various locations in the City of Vista. Under the program, a minor under the direct supervision of a peace officer will stand outside a liquor, convenience or grocery store and ask adult 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, deputies then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor.

A total of 47 contacts were made at various establishments.

The following subjects were arrested and cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor. Luis Rivas (27), Antonio Ponce (30), Gabriel Silva (45) and Jimmy Arevalo (31)

Alcohol related Shoulder Tap Operations help reduce alcohol abuse and opportunities for minors to obtain alcohol. Statistics show they generally have a higher rate of drunken driving crashes than adults. Studies also show the combination of alcohol and youth tends to increase criminal conduct.

This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap Grant Project, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.