A police decoy operation targeting adults purchasing alcohol for minors resulted in three arrests in Folsom.
Detectives from the Folsom Police Department's Special Investigation Unit conducted the "decoy shoulder tap" operation Saturday. Under the program, a minor under the direct supervision of a peace officer, stands outside a liquor or convenience store and asks patrons to buy alcohol for the minor. The minor indicates in some way that he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol, according to a Police Department news release. If the adults agree to purchase alcohol for the minor, the officer then arrests and cites them.
The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.
Arrested Saturday were Christopher Cloud, 41 of Folsom, near Natoma and Stafford streets; Paul Daniel Connors, 45, of Folsom, in the 700 block of Natoma Street; and Valerio Rendon, 56, of Georgetown, in the 13000 block of Folsom Boulevard.
The program is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. The operation was funded by the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant, a state-funded grant to reduce excessive drinking among people 12 to 25 years old. Folsom was among 12 communities selected for the project in California.
The grant-funded activities and projects will be conducted over the next three years through a partnership of the county of Sacramento, Department of Behavioral Health Service, the Sacramento County Office of Education, the Folsom Police Department, the Folsom Cordova Unified School District and People Reaching Out.