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Shoulder Tap Operation
updated: Mar 03, 2017, 11:09 PM

Source: Oxnard Police Department

INCIDENT: Shoulder Tap Operation

DATE/TIME: March 3, 2017 1400 to 2200 Hours

LOCATION: Various Locations - Oxnard

VICTIM(S): State of California

SUSPECT(S): Miguel Rangel (23 years) Arnulfo Gonzalez (36 years)

PREPARED BY: David Castillo, Police Officer

CONTACT PERSON AND CONTACT INFO: David Castillo (805) 385-8212


The Oxnard Police Department arrested two suspects on Friday, March 3, 2017, for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors. The operation was conducted in the general vicinity of Oxnard.

The Oxnard Police Department conducted a program called a Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation which targets adults who purchase alcohol for people less than 21 years of age. Under the program, a minor under the direct supervision of a peace officer will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol. The minor indicates in some way he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol.

If the adults agree to purchase alcohol for the minor, officers then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor. The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

The program is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. Statistics show they generally have a higher rate of drunken driving crashes than adults. Studies also show the combination of alcohol and youth tends to increase criminal conduct. According to the American Medical Association, underage drinking can increase chances of risky sexual behavior and teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, compromise health, and result in unintentional injury and death.

This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's Education and Teen Alcohol Enforcement Program Grant, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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