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Deputies Play Drunk to Bust IB Shopkeepers

A deputy acting and smelling intoxicated attempted to buy alcohol from local establishments.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department conducted a “drunk decoy” detail in Imperial Beach Saturday to see if businesses that sell alcohol would sell to a deputy posing as an intoxicated customer.

The deputy was sprayed with alcohol and acted drunk as he entered the businesses and attempted to buy alcohol. Of the 11 businesses that were visited, six sold alcohol to the decoy, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Plain-clothes deputies re-entered the establishments and contacted the employees that sold alcohol to the decoy, but no citations were issued. The employees were given handouts and advice on spotting intoxicated customers.

Agents from Alcoholic Beverage Control assisted in the detail, which was funded by a $100,000 grant from ABC.   

The detail also visited businesses in Bonita. The names of the businesses targeted were not released by the Sheriff’s Department.

Libi Uremovic December 10, 2012 at 02:43 PM
the store owners didn't sell booze to intoxicated people kelly... they didn't break any laws.... the only 'goal' was to waste tax payer dollars and run up more debt on a federal level... if you want money spent of worthless 'activities' then contact your representatives and tell them to raise your taxes on a local, state, and federal level to pay for it... each one of these 'feel good' programs end up costing millions from creation to implementation....most of it's federal money so it's all on credit cards.... what was this effort really 'worth' to you kelly? $1,000 out of your pocket....$5,000 out of your pocket....is there a limit to how much money is wasted in the name of 'feel good'...? our store owners are struggling ...i'd like to see my tax dollars go to helping the small business owner, not trying to discrete them and shut them down...
Paula Winchester December 10, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I'm with Libi on this one Kelly. They can give a ticket to someone pretending to be drunk because he WASN'T drunk. They know that if challenged on it in court the judge would throw it out. It's a waste of money and a shame to target our local businesses struggling in this economy. Use the money where it's needed, this was not only a waste of money but also a waste of time!
Paula Winchester December 10, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I meant to say they can't give a ticket.
Paul Dykes December 10, 2012 at 09:58 PM
I bet every single one of these keystone kops is on overtime, before the "mission" even started. Ya know, wink wink, it's Christmastime, everyone needs a little extra money. That's called theft and fraud. When done on a departmental level, I would apply the RICO act. Seriously. And no, I'm not afraid to put my name.
Miriam Iosupovici December 12, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Just as I was reading these comments, a notice appeared from PATCH to the right of the article ab the 2 DUI suspects injuring people in IB. I don't think this 'drunk detail' is simply a 'feel good' action: it is potentially preventative, BUT there obviously should be more than a warning issued. The amount of money spent on the negative outcomes of our legally sanctioned drug, alcohol, is staggering.

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