Menlo Park police and California Liquor Control agents arrested five residents Saturday for allegedly providing alcohol to minors.
Law enforcement officials conducted a pat-on-the-shoulder operation in the general vicinity of Menlo Park. In the action, a minor under the direct supervision of a policeman stood in front of a liquor store and asked adults to buy alcohol for them, because they could not buy it themselves.
When an adult agreed to buy alcohol, agents arrested and cited them. Furnishing alcohol to minors carries a minimum fine of $1,000 and 24 hours of community service.
The program is funded by a grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control and is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors.