Garrett Harris 10:11 p.m., May 23
Plainclothes officers simulating intoxication able to purchase booze more than half the time
Alcohol Beverage Control agents and Sheriff’s deputies spent Saturday afternoon conducting a “drunk decoy” operation, in which they sprayed an undercover officer’s clothing and body with alcohol and sent him into a liquor store where he proceeded to act intoxicated and attempt to purchase alcohol.
Out of 11 retailers visited in the communities of Bonita and Imperial Beach, six sold booze to the plainclothes officer.
After making the sale, law enforcement re-entered the stores, identified themselves, and passed out literature regarding laws prohibiting the continued sale of alcohol to an individual already exhibiting signs of intoxication. No enforcement actions were taken against the licensees whose employees made improper sales.
The Sheriff’s Department and Alcoholic Beverage Control plan to continue to conduct similar operations around the county through 2013.