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March 17, 2012 (La Mesa)—As part of a statewide crackdown on individuals buying alcohol for minors, the La Mesa Police Department, in a joint effort with Investigators of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) arrested six adults for purchasing alcohol for a minor. The action was the result of a compliance check operation on March 16, 2012 in which minors under the direct supervision of detectives and investigators attempted to have adults purchase alcohol for them from six separate retail licensees in the City of La Mesa. 

Those individuals who purchased alcohol for the minor face a maximum fine of $250, and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation. The La Mesa Police Department and ABC will also notify the alcoholic beverage licensee where the operations occurred. 

The ABC is are conducting the compliance checks state-wide to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. Young people under the age of 21 have a higher rate of drunk driving fatalities than the general adult population. 

“Shoulder Tap” operations have been conducted by local law enforcement throughout the state since the 1980’s. Funding for this program was provided by the ABC Grant Assistance Program (GAP). ABC is a Department of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the direction of Secretary Dale E. Bonner, a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. 

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