ABC and Salinas PD Conduct Decoy Operation

Release Date/Time: 7/23/2021 10:30 AM
Incident: ABC and Salinas PD Conduct Decoy Operation
Date: Thursday, 7/22/2021
Location: Multiple locations in Salinas

On 7/22/2021, agents of the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) along with Salinas Police Department officers arrested Jaqueline Bravo (30) at the Hacieda Mexican Grill on Davis Rd. for serving a minor and a probation violation. Candy Soto (29) was cited for selling alcohol to minors at Taqueria El Chavinda on Williams Rd. The actions were the result of a minor decoy operation in which minors under the direct supervision of department agents, attempted to purchase alcohol from ten retail licensees in the city of Salinas. 

Those who sold to the minor face a minimum fine of $250, and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation. In addition, ABC will take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license of the business where alcohol was sold to a minor.  That may include a fine, a suspension of the license, or the permanent revocation of the license.

ABC is conducting the compliance checks statewide to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors.  Statistics have shown that young people under the age of 21 have a higher rate of drunken driving fatalities than the general adult population. 

Minor Decoy operations have been conducted by local law enforcement throughout the state since the 1980’s. When the program first began, the violation rate of retail establishments selling to minors was as high as 40 to 50 percent. When conducted on a routine basis, the rate has dropped in some cities as low as 10 percent or even below.

In 1994, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that use of underage decoys is a valid tool of law enforcement to ensure that licensees are complying with the law. 

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) through the Department’s Alcohol Policing Partnership (APP) Program.

ABC protects communities through education, prevention, and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcoholic beverage laws.

ABC encourages licensees to sign up for ABC’s Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) training free of charge. Licensees and their employees can now take the training online. They can also sign up for training in person in a classroom setting.

To learn more about ABC enforcement and prevention programs that can help increase public safety visit: 

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ABC is a Department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera
Telephone: 758-7289

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