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12 Arrested for Buying Alcohol for Minors

San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and other county law enforcement conducted a sting operation to keep adults from buying alcohol for minors.

By Bay City News Service

Police in San Mateo County arrested 12 people Friday during a tap operation to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.

Officers from the Consumption of Alcohol Suppression Team participated in this statewide enforcement, arresting 12 adults who provided alcohol to minors, according to police.

Agencies in Brisbane, Broadmoor, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, Pacifica, San Bruno, South San Francisco and the jurisdictions served by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office participated in the operation.

A minor, under the supervision of an officer, stood outside a liquor or convenience store and would ask adults to buy alcohol, police said.

The minor would indicate to the adult that he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol, according to police.

Any adult who agreed to purchase the minor alcohol was arrested after providing it, according to police.

The penalty to all 12 arrested adults was a minimum of $1,000 and 24 hours of community service.

The tap operation is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors, who statistically have a higher rate of drunken driving crashes than adults, police said.

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Dianne L Nowak March 18, 2013 at 04:19 PM
I agree they should publish names and it should be a stiffer fine and jail. These are minors!! They are fools!!!!!!!!!
John Hanson March 18, 2013 at 08:26 PM
New card room on the Ave. Does anyone have info.?
Diane Haggerty March 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Thank you, thank you Sheriff's office. Parents have the hardest time keeping liquor from their kids. How can adults possibly think there is any "help" in helping kids get booze. Please parents and all adults, help parents enforce safe parties in our homes in front of us.
Mark Taylor March 18, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Just a correction-there is no jail time for buying liquor for a minor. The statutory limit is $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service at an alcohol or drug treatment center or at the county coroner. Jail time kicks in when the minor consumes the alcohol and either hurts themselves or someone else.
wolfone March 19, 2013 at 04:06 PM
You reported it? Yes?

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