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.