RIVERSIDE (CBS) — Three eateries in Riverside were issued citations for selling alcoholic beverages to a teen during an undercover sting, authorities said Wednesday.
Riverside police vice officers conducted a four-hour decoy operation on Tuesday, randomly checking nine businesses to confirm they were obeying the law and asking to see a driver’s license or other form of ID before selling booze to anyone who appeared underage.READ MORE: Public Health Officials Lift Warnings For Certain LA County Beaches
According to Lt. Mike Cook, a person under 21 was sent into each of the nine establishments to ask for beer or wine. Clerks at six businesses confirmed the decoy’s age before transacting sales. However, employees at the following eateries allegedly failed to do so: Josie’s Tacos, 9782 Magnolia Ave.; Que’s Sports Bar & Grill, 9364 Magnolia Ave.; and Tacos La Burfadora, 5650 Van Buren Blvd.READ MORE: Fourth Officer Who Responded To January 6 Attack Dies By Apparent Suicide
According to the lieutenant, the clerks were issued misdemeanor citations and could face up to $3,800 in fines and 36 months probation if convicted.
The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is expected to impose administrative penalties that could include revocation of the establishments’ liquor licenses, Cook said.MORE NEWS: 'People On This Block Are Hurting': More Allegations Pinned On LAPD In Aftermath Of South LA Fireworks Explosion
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