By Miriam Raftery
December 8, 2012 (Bonita) – Today Sheriff’s deputies, with help from Alcoholic Beverage Control agents, conducted drunk decoy operations in Imperial Beach and Bonita. Of 11 retail outlets visited, six sold alcohol to individuals who appeared to be intoxicated.
An undercover Deputy Sheriff was sprayed with alcohol for the operation, then entered the establishments acting intoxicated and reeking of alcohol. Where alcohol was sold to the decoy, plainclothes deputies entered and provided informational handouts to the persons who made the sales; no enforcement actions were taken.
Decoy operations will continue through 2013 The program is a result of a $100,000 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and is to be spent on patrols focused on alcohol related crimes and educating licensed ABC businesses to increase safety in San Diego County.