The sheriff’s department conducted a decoy operation aimed at stopping the sale of alcohol to obviously drunk people in Lemon Grove and the College Area.
The joint operation involved sheriff’s deputies, police and agents from the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Department. The team fanned out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The decoy involved a deputy or police officer in plain clothes entering a licensed business and acting obviously intoxicated. Their actions included stumbling, slurring their speech and dropping things. Some smelled of alcohol. They then trying to buy more liquor.
If a clerk sold the item to the decoy, officials stepped in to explain why the transaction should not have taken place.
Deputies and officers visited eight locations, four in Lemon Grove and four in the College Area. Three businesses sold alcohol to the decoy, two in Lemon Grove and one in the College Area.
The sheriff’s department said the operation was simply to educate the clerks. They took no enforcement action.
– City News Service
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