Santa Maria Police crackdown on drug and alcohol related crimes – KEYT

An officer issues a citation for a person who purchased alcohol for a minor decoy during a “Shoulder Tap” operation in Santa Maria Saturday. (Santa Maria Police) An officer issues a citation for a person who purchased alcohol for a minor decoy during a “Shoulder Tap” operation in Santa Maria Saturday. (Santa Maria Police)

SANTA MARIA, Calif. – Police were out in full force Saturday cracking down on drug and alcohol-related crimes.

In the afternoon, Santa Maria Police conducted an Alcoholic Beverage Control “Shoulder Tap” operation throughout the City of Santa Maria. 

During the operation, a minor decoy under the direct supervision of officers attempts to get a person from the community to purchase beverages from an ABC licensed establishment.

Furnishing alcohol to minors is against the law and you can be arrested. Too many minors are injured as a result of minors being under the influence of alcohol. Let’s put a stop to it! – A message from SMPD Sergeant Eligio Lara. pic.twitter.com/sfJCfFkjcc

— Santa Maria Police (@SMPDHQ) August 12, 2018

Out of twenty-one individuals contacted during the operation two suspects purchased alcohol for the minor decoy. The suspects were then contacted by officers and arrested and charged for purchasing alcohol for the minor decoy. 

During the investigation, it was discovered that one of the suspects, 33-year old Antonio Dominguez Vazquez from Santa Maria, had a misdemeanor arrest warrant for charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol. This suspect was cited for purchasing alcohol for the minor decoy and booked on the warrant charges.

The other suspect, 35-year old Phillip Saldana Becerra from Santa Maria, was issued a citation at the scene for purchasing alcohol for the minor decoy and was also cited for driving a motor vehicle with a suspended license. 

During the operation, a third suspect, 65-year

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