Minor Decoy Operation
updated: Dec 13, 2012, 3:10 PM
Source: Ventura Police Department
Incident: Minor Decoy Operation
Location: City of Ventura
Date/Time Occurred: December 11, 2012
Officer(s) Involved: Ofc. Bernadette Compean, Alcohol Beverage Control Agents
Victim(s):State of California
Suspect(s): Arturo Aragon-Gonzalez, age 24, Ventura resident; Roberto Robles, age 32, Ventura
resident; Timothy Jones, age 42, Ventura resident.
The Ventura Police Department along with Alcohol Beverage Control conducted a Minor
Decoy Operation at various alcohol establishments throughout the City Of Ventura. The Minor
Decoy Program is an enforcement program that ABC and local law enforcement agencies
use to detect and deter the sales of alcohol to minors. During the program, a minor decoy,
under the direct supervision of law enforcement officers, attempts to purchase alcohol at retail
During the operation, the decoy attempted to purchase alcohol at 10 different locations.
Of those 10 locations three businesses sold alcohol to the 19 year old minor decoy. The
Harbor Valero Gas, located at 2121 E. Harbor Blvd. The clerk, Arturo Aragon-Gonzalez, age
24, was cited and released for 25658(a) Business and Professions code - Sales of Alcohol to
Cheveron Gas, located at 7700 Telegraph Rd. The clerk, Roberto Robles, age 32 was cited
and released for 25658(a) Business and Professions code - Sales of Alcohol to a minor.
Village Wine & Spirits, located at 1449 S. Victoria Ave. The clerk, Timothy Jones, age 42 was
cited and released for 25658(a) Business and Professions code - Sales of Alcohol to a minor.
The following businesses DID NOT sell to the minor decoy:
Sari Sari Market: 425 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura CA 93001
Ventura 76 Gas: 11008 Citrus Dr., Ventura CA 93004
J N Liquor: 9340 Telephone Rd., Ventura CA 93004
Albertson's: 7800 E. Telegraph Rd., Ventura CA 93004
CVS: 7850 E. Telegraph Rd., Ventura CA 93004
College Shell Gas: 4111 E. Telegraph Rd., Ventura CA 93003
Mandell's Liquor: 3915 W. Telegraph Rd., Ventura CA 93003
Officer Bernadette Compean is our Department's Alcohol Enforcement Officer and supervised
the operation. She is also in charge of the Responsible Retailer Program, which is a program
to improve public health and safety in our community by increasing the awareness of the
dangers that result from improper sales and service of alcoholic beverages, particularly
to minors and those who may already be intoxicated. The Ventura Police Department,
in conjunction with other county agencies and organizations, provides alcohol beverage
establishments with responsible beverage sales and service training. Officer Compean
oversees all Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) licenses and alcohol sales permits within the City
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