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California sting busts adults buying alcohol for minors

Alcohol is seen in this undated file photo.

March 16, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
Over 500 people were busted in the largest statewide sting targeting people buying alcohol for minors Saturday.

Agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and officers from at least 109 local police agencies set up underage decoys across the state.

The decoys asked people entering a store to buy them alcohol. If they did, they were placed under arrest.

As of 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, 522 people were arrested during Operation "Shoulder Tap." The decoy program was designed to help reduce youth access to alcohol.

The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine plus 24 hours of community service.

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