Eight store clerks cited for selling alcohol to minors

Clerks face fines and/or community service hours, businesses could lose their license to sell alcohol


TULARE COUNTY – Eight convenience store clerks may have cost themselves and the business they work for a lot of money for the price of a six pack.

The clerks were cited for selling alcohol to minors during a two-night operation conducted Jan. 16 and 17 by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department. The minors, decoys working under the supervision of deputies, attempted to purchase alcohol at 28 stores permitted to sell alcohol in the Three Rivers, Lemon Cove, Woodlake, Ivanhoe, Goshen, Traver, London, Dinuba, and Kingsburg areas.

The clerks cited were: Elana Gauthier, 46; Cynthia Cano, 54; Hussam Satah, 30; Najm Addin Al Dalali Hussain, 19; Eriverto Vasquez, 39; David Eduardo DelaCruz, 34; Zaid Saleh, 22; and Nader Ahmed Hussein, 19. Those who sell to the minors face a minimum fine of $250 and/or 24-32 hours of community service for a first violation.

In addition, Alcohol Beverage Control will take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license of the business. That may include a fine, a suspension of the license or the permanent revocation of the license. The stores include: Village Market, 40869 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers; Totem Market, 45168 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers; Ivanhoe Speedy Mart, 32831 Rd. 160, Ivanhoe; Goshen Super Market, 30900 Camp Dr, Goshen; Goshen Shell gas station, 6544 Ave. 308, Goshen; GTP Gas, 30821 Highway 99, Goshen; Traver Market, 3892 Merritt Dr., Traver; and People’s Food Market, 5593 Ave. 400, Dinuba.

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