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Two Arrested for Buying Booze for Juveniles in Temecula Sting

The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1000 fine and 24 hours of community service, according to the sheriff's department.

A sheriff's sting targeting adults who buy alcohol for juveniles netted two arrests in Temecula, authorities said Friday.

Julian Arreola, 23, of Temecula and Enrique Roman, 44, of Anza were arrested on suspicion of furnishing alcohol to a minor during a "shoulder tap" operation on Thursday.

According to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Chris Gaskins, deputies conducted the sting at convenience stores throughout "various locations" in the city using underage decoys, who asked individuals to purchase them beer or other alcoholic beverages.

A person must be 21 years old to buy alcohol under state law.

"The Temecula Police Department is conducting these alcohol-related checks to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors in the community," Gaskins said.  "Statistics have shown that young people under the age of 21 have a higher rate of drunken driving fatalities than the general adult population."

Arreola and Roman were issued misdemeanor citations ordering them to appear in court at a future date, then released.

Funding for the operation came from a California Office of Traffic Safety grant, according to Gaskins.


– City News Service contributed to this report.


Rob Murillo May 10, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Stings are Dumb.. the other day two clean cut guys in a van pulled up next to me near the Mall and asked if Id like to buy some stolen property... I chuckled and replied " Not from undercover cops I don't" they smirked and replied back, "aww we hate cops!". So, I told them to harass someone else I have real business to attend and I walked away...
Scarf ace May 10, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Rae Anne please stop posting because your embarrassing yourself. Your English is horrible!
SA May 12, 2014 at 11:20 AM
I do not get why adults would by a stranger that is a minor alcohol. Is the adult desperate for a friend? Does a 40-year-old receive “cool points” maybe even a gold star sticker…? Crap the liberal ways of PC can get an adult arrested for admiring a skateboard trick (just an ex.) …

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