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One person arrested, another cited during Salinas minor decoy operation

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SALINAS, Calif. (KION) The California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Salinas police conducted a minor decoy operation in the city on Thursday. They said one person was arrested and another was cited.

During the operation, minors supervised by agents tried to buy alcohol from ten retail licensees in Salinas.

One person at the Hacienda Mexican Grill on Davis Road was arrested for serving alcohol to a minor and probation violation, and another person was cited for selling alcohol to minors at Taqueria El Chavinda on Williams Road.

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. ABC will also take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license of the business, which could include a fine, a license suspension or permanent revocation of the license.

Police said people under the age of 21 have a higher rate of drunk driving deaths than adults aged 21 or older, so ABC conducts compliance checks around the state to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors.

Crime / Local News / Monterey County / Salinas

Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson is the Digital Content Director at KION News Channel 5/46.


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  1. I had a kid the other day ask me to buy some beer for him. I just told him that 40 years ago it might not have been a big deal, but welcome to 2021 and the age of undercover kids. The way he acted I had the feeling that he was looking to help bust some poor sap. It is interesting that when I was serving in the Army back in 1979, we could drink at the age of 18, the Army Drill Sergeants took us all to a pub and bought us all beer when we graduated. What was a celebration in 1979 is a jail time in 2021. You can’t drink until 21 but you can take a bullet for God and Country at 18. What is sickening to me is there are people that actually think that is OK.

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