Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation in Arcata

Press release from Arcata Police Department:

Arcata Police Department APD BlurThe Arcata Police Department, in conjunction with Agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), and Officers from approximately 80 local Police and Sheriff’s Departments arrested 432 individuals during a statewide underage drinking enforcement operation. ABC joined forces with law enforcement throughout California in a Statewide Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation.  The operation was conducted to help reduce youth access to alcohol and make the streets safer.

ABC agents and local law enforcement conducted a program called a Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation.  Under the program, a minor under the direct supervision of a peace officer will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask 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, and purchase alcohol for the minor, officers then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor.  The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1000 fine and 24 hours of community service. The program is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors.

The Arcata Police Department contacted 26 people during this operation, with one person being arrested for furnishing alcohol to minors.  Statewide over 380 individuals were cited for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors; however, almost 50 persons were booked for crimes such as possession of illegal drugs, driving under the influence, parole violations and outstanding warrants.



  • Prohibition era alcohol laws are absurd. 21 and over laws creates a cultural of underage binge drinking. Forbidden fruit and all that. I used to live in Germany where you could drink at any age (16 and over in a bar after 8pm) and could not drive until you where 18. By the time you turn 18 you know what alcohol does to you. Here we put 1 ton missiles into the hands of kids and tell them not drink in a culture which is saturated in alcohol. Dangerous hypocrisy.

  • What a waste of resources.

  • Not just a waste but unconstitutional!
    F*** these clowns!
    Entrapment is what this is called!
    It’s unconstitutional, bottom line!
    And to use our tax money for this sort of unconstitutional operation is completely absurd!
    The war on drugs has failed because it originated and was executed by failures!
    And now this!!?? To book and release someone?

    • sharpen your pencil

      Hey but they got one…. LMAO. They need to be busting family members and parents who actually are getting these kids their alcohol. But I know, that isn’t as easy as entrapment…..

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