PALM SPRINGS (CBS) — Officers arrested three people who agreed to buy alcoholic beverages for minors during a sting operation in Palm Springs, a police department spokesman said Saturday.

During the operation, a minor, under the supervision of a police officer, stands outside a liquor store and asks adults to buy them alcohol, while indicating in some way that he or she is underage, said Palm Springs police Sgt. Jon Cabrera.

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If the adult buys the alcohol, officers then arrest and cite the person for furnishing alcohol to a minor. The penalty is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service, Cabrera said.

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On Friday, officers cited and arrested three people in Palm Springs, he said.

The statewide operation involved investigators from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

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