HANFORD — On Saturday, dozens of law enforcement agencies statewide partnered with special agents from Alcohol Beverage Control to conduct minor decoy and shoulder tap operations in various alcohol-selling businesses, including throughout Kings County and the city of Hanford.
During these operations, minors under the age of 21 years old attempted to purchase alcohol from local liquor stores, gas stations and markets, or attempted to have adults purchase the alcohol for them, even after telling the adults they were not 21 years old.
Kings County Sheriff’s Office
During the operation, officials visited the Shell Gas Station, located at 161 W. D St. in Lemoore. At this location, they said two minor decoys successfully purchased alcohol from an employee, 19-year-old Abdulrahman Omar.
As a result, deputies said Omar was issued a criminal citation for selling alcohol to a minor and was then released at the scene.
Officials said Alcohol Beverage Control will be taking administrative action against the business' liquor license.
Also during the operation, 23-year-old Dalila Ramirez and 36-year-old Anastacio Castellanos were issued criminal citations at different locations after they purchased alcohol for the minors, Sheriff’s officials said..
If found guilty, officials said Omar, Ramirez and Castellanos could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
During this operation, authorities said 10 businesses were visited and refused to sell alcohol to the minors, and 28 people were contacted and also refused to purchase alcohol for the minors.
The minor decoy and shoulder tap operations, which are funded by an ABC grant that was awarded to the Sheriff's Office, will continue throughout the year.
Hanford Police Department
Hanford Police officials said the department utilized undercover officers and minor decoys to conduct the operation, which netted eight arrests.
Officers said six of the arrests were for individuals purchasing alcohol for the minors and two arrests were for individuals having warrants.
The six people who purchased alcohol for the minors were cited and released, police said.
This operation was funded by the Alcoholic Beverage Control GAP Grant, which was awarded to the Hanford Police Department in July 2018.