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Santa Maria police cite three people in Guadalupe for underage alcohol-related violations

Posted at 6:41 PM, Dec 28, 2019

Officers with the Santa Maria Police Department cited three people in the city of Guadalupe Saturday for underage alcohol-related violations.

According to a press release, the police department says it partnered with the Guadalupe Police Department to conduct ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control) "Minor Decoy" and "Shoulder Tap" operations Saturday throughout Santa Maria and Guadalupe.

During the "Shoulder Tap" operation, a decoy under the age of 21 asked six people in the community to purchase alcohol for them from ABC-licensed businesses.

Officials say one of the six people, 18-year-old Oscar Cruz, purchased the alcohol for the minor decoy as well as for one of his friends, 19-year-old Javenal Ramirez.

Cruz was cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor and being a minor in possession of alcohol, while Ramirez was cited for being a minor in possession of alcohol.

Police also cited 53-year-old Elias Daoud, the clerk at Roy's Liquor and Market in Guadalupe, for failing to ask for identification when he sold alcohol to Cruz, according to the press release.

Authorities say they did not make any citations or arrests in the "Minor Decoy" operation.