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San Jose Police Arrests 2 for Selling Alcohol to Minors

San Jose Police Arrests 2 for Selling Alcohol to Minors

San Jose, CA: Two individuals were detained by the San José Police Department (SJPD) on February 21, 2024, for supplying alcohol to minors. The arrests were conducted as part of a Shoulder Tap operation, which is a tactic aimed at apprehending adults who purchase alcohol for individuals under the age of 21.

During this operation, a juvenile under police supervision requests customers outside a store to purchase alcohol for them, explicitly disclosing their underage status.

The operation targets adults who agree to purchase alcohol for a minor, an illegal act. The punishment for this offense includes a mandatory fine of at least $1,000 and 24 hours of community service. The operation is a strategy employed by the SJPD to deter underage drinking and associated incidents.

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ABC Director Joseph McCullough emphasized the significance of these operations in enhancing community well-being and decreasing incidents of DUIs. He highlighted the elevated risk of accidents for individuals under 21, a fact corroborated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the NHTSA, around 25% of fatal crashes are linked to underage drinking.

The Shoulder Tap operation and related efforts are financed through a grant provided by the ABC Alcohol Policing Partnership (APP) program. Crime tips can be sent anonymously by the public through different channels such as the P3TIPS mobile app, a tip line, and the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers website.

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