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SELMA – Two clerks were cited after the Selma Police Department and California Alcoholic Beverage Control agents conducted an underage drinking operation in the city Jan. 19, according to a Selma Police press release.

The Spike and Rail Restaurant and El Mercado Super Market were both cited after minor decoys were able to purchase alcohol at the establishments. The minors are under the supervision of department agents and attempt to purchase alcohol from five retail licensees in the City of Selma.

Those who sell alcohol to minors face fines of $250 and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation. ABC also takes administrative action against the businesses’ alcohol license. This may include a fine, suspension or permanent revocation of their liquor license.

Selma Police also conducted three ABC Impact checks at various establishments and all three had minor, correctable violations pertaining to the sale of alcohol. Those business owners were issued warnings with compliance instructions.

The minor decoy operations are conducted statewide in an effort to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. Statistics have shown that young people under age 21 have a higher rate of drunken driving fatalities than the general adult population.

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@selmaenterprise.com.

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