Shoulder Tap operation targets illegal alcohol sales to minors

Coachella Police cite a woman for purchasing alcohol illegally for minor.

COACHELLA, Calif. - A decoy operation resulted in one citation Wednesday as Coachella Police attempt to curtail illegal alcohol sales to minors.

The department used a minor, under the direct supervision of a police officer, to stand outside three local convenience and liquor stores asking customers to buy them alcohol.  

Genoveva Loredo, 50, of Coachella was arrested during the "Decoy Shoulder Tap" operation.

A police statement said Loredo purchased a 12-pack of beer for the decoy minor at Coachella's Beer-Town Market.

Loredo was issued a citation and released at the scene upon her promise to appear. 

The department said the minor solicited approximately 15 customers during the six hour operation Wednesday.

Those found guilty of furnishing alcohol to minors face a minimum fine of $1000 and 24 hours of community service.

The department said minors generally have a higher rate of alcohol-related traffic collisions than adults, and the combination of alcohol and youth tends to increase criminal conduct.  

The American Medical Association says underage drinking can lead to increased risky sexual behavior resulting in teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, and unintentional injury or death.

This project is funded by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's Minor Decoy / Shoulder Tap Grant Project, and the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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