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Six clerks cited for selling alcohol to Manteca minors

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POSTED May 28, 2013 2:04 a.m.

Agents of the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) along with Manteca

Police Department officers cited six clerks for selling alcohol to minors on Friday.

The actions were the result of a minor decoy operation in which minors under the direct supervision of department agents, attempted to purchase alcohol from 39 retail licensees in the City of Manteca.

The following subjects were released on citations for misdemeanor violation of sales of alcohol to a minor:

• Ana Barajas-Briseno, 25 year-old Manteca resident

• Jagan Nath, 58 year-old Tracy resident

• Eileen Cabal, 53 year-old Stockton resident

• Paresh Amin, 62 year-old Ceres resident

• Kamaljit Singh, 24 year-old Manteca resident

• Michael Muniz, 22 year-old Manteca resident

Nathan Talarico, a 24 year-old Manteca resident was also cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor. Talarico offered and then purchased alcohol for the minor decoy after the decoy was turned away at a business for being under 21 years old of age.

Those who sold to the minor face a minimum fine of $250, and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation. In addition, ABC will take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license of the business where alcohol was sold to a minor. That may include a fine, a suspension of the license, or the permanent revocation of the license.

ABC is conducting the compliance checks statewide to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. Statistics have shown that young people under the age of 21 have a higher rate of drunken driving fatalities than the general adult population.

Minor Decoy operations have been conducted by local law enforcement throughout the state since the 1980s. When the program first began, the violation rate of retail establishments selling to minors was as high as 40 to 50 percent. When conducted on a routine basis, the rate has dropped in some cities as low as 10 percent or even below.

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