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 adults buy alcohol for the minor, investigators arrest the adults and cite them 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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