Four arrested for allegedly furnishing alcohol to minors in East Palo Alto

Arrests were part of the East Palo Alto polices's Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation

East Palo Alto police arrested four persons on Monday for allegedly providing alcoholic beverages to juveniles, the department announced on Wednesday.

The department arrested Jean George Khabbaz, 46, Talena Fort, 24 and Erik Resendiz-Nava, 24, all of East Palo Alto, and Cirilo Rodriquez-Loya of Menlo Park after they purchased alcohol for a juvenile who was a police decoy. Under the Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation, a minor who is under direct supervision of a police officer stands outside a liquor or convenience store and asks patrons to buy them alcohol. The minor indicates they are underage and cannot buy the alcohol, police said.

Adults who purchase the alcohol for minors are arrested and cited and could be fined a minimum of $1,000 and do 24 hours of community service if convicted.

The program is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors, police said. Juveniles have a higher rate of DUI crashes than adults and youths under the influence who tend to engage in increased criminal conduct, according to studies, the department said.

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, police noted.

The Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's Education and Teen Alcohol Enforcement Program grant, which is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 16, 2017 at 11:22 am

I don't know about this, seems kind of like a set up to me.
I understand we need to dyer minors from drinking but I'm not sure this is the way to go about it.

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Posted by xdm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 16, 2017 at 1:23 pm

It is completely wrong to get alcohol for minors, but if they set up these stings in low income areas many people are going to take that $10 to buy alcohol for a minor.

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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 16, 2017 at 2:47 pm

Had a college roommate get busted. He was really pissed and had to pay that big fine.

To top it off, the juvenile was a classmate of his!!!!!

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Posted by member
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 16, 2017 at 8:18 pm

Pathetic. Is this what our tax dollars pay for? Don't the police have some real criminals to catch?

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 16, 2017 at 11:21 pm

Yet we can't use radar to cite speeders?

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