visalia – Two Visalia businesses were caught selling alcohol to a minor last week.
The Visalia Police Department and Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) conducted a minor decoy operation on Sept. 9 between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight. During the six-hour detail, an underage decoy was sent into nine ABC licensed establishments and attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages. The underage decoy was able to purchase alcohol at two of the nine locations visited.
JH Market, located at 127 NE Third St., and 7-Eleven, located at 518 S. Lovers Lane, both sold alcoholic beverages to the underage decoy and will face an administrative review by ABC. The businesses could face a fine or a suspension of their alcohol license.
The Visalia Police Department urges all licensed establishments to check the ID’s of all individuals who appear to be younger than 30 years of age. Funding for this program was provided by a $50,000 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) through the department’s Grant Assistance Program to reduce underage drinking.