OXNARD, Calif. - The Oxnard Police Department cited two store clerks on Friday for selling alcohol to minors.
The citations came after the police department deployed minor decoy operations across the City of Oxnard between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
During this operation, numerous minors under the direct supervision of police officers, attempted to purchase alcohol from 45 retail licensees.
Oxnard police said two of the 45 stores agreed to sell the alcohol to the minor decoys.
The businesses in violation were identified as El Super on Saviers Road and Circle K on Rose Avenue.
Police said those who sell alcohol to a minor face a minimum fine of $250, and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation.
Additionally, the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) will take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license of the business. This action may include a fine, suspending the license or permanently revoking the license.
The Oxnard Police Department said minor decoys have been used by local law enforcement to catch violators since 1987. They help to ensure businesses check that customers are 21 years or older before selling an alcoholic beverage to them.
This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap Grant Project funded by California’s Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.