News - July 21, 2010

Six cited for sale of alcohol to minors

Six adults were cited Friday (July 16) for the sale of alcohol to a minor in Menlo Park, police reported. A seventh was cited for buying alcohol for a minor.

The six citations were made under the department's decoy operation in which a minor under the supervision of the police attempts to buy alcohol from businesses in Menlo Park that are licensed to sell alcohol.

Officer James Luevano said a minor decoy was able to purchase alcohol at these Menlo Park locations: Cafe Borrone, Bistro Vida restaurant, Amici's East Coast Pizzeria, and Carpaccio restaurant.

In another program, a minor decoy stands outside a liquor or convenience store and asks adults to purchase alcohol for them. If an adult buys alcohol for the minor, investigators arrest the adult and cite him or her for furnishing alcohol to a minor. A minor decoy was furnished alcohol by one adult during this operation, and the adult was cited, police said.

The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a fine and can include community service, Officer Luevano said.


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