Cathedral City Police Department Press Release

CCPD/ABC Minor Decoy Operation

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Issuing Employee: Sergeant Nick Chapman – 760-202-2487 –
Type of Case: Sales of Alcohol to Minor / Cases #1912C-3465, 1912C-3489

Date/Time Reported: December 16, 2019 / 6:00 PM
Location of Occurrences: Circle K Market, 68258 Ramon Rd, Cathedral City
AM/PM Market, 36001 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City

The Cathedral City Police Department Special Operation Section along with Agents of the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) have arrested two individuals for selling alcohol to a minor on December 16, 2019. The actions were the result of a minor decoy operation in which minors under the direct supervision of department agents, attempted to purchase alcohol from several retail licensees in the City of Cathedral City.

Jovanka Diklic, 31, and Europa Hernandez, 41, both of Cathedral City, were arrested after completing the act of selling an alcoholic beverage to a minor while working in the capacity of a clerk at the above referenced locations. Both were issued notices to appear and were cite/released in the field.

Those who sell to minors face a minimum fine of $250, and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation.  In addition, ABC will take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license of the business where alcohol was sold to a minor.  That may include a fine, a suspension of the license, or the permanent revocation of the license. ABC is conducting the compliance checks statewide to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors.  Statistics have shown that young people under the age of 21 have a higher rate of drunken driving fatalities than the general adult population.

Minor Decoy operations have been conducted by local law enforcement throughout the state since the 1980’s.  When the program first began, the violation rate of retail establishments selling to minors was as high as 40 to 50 percent.  When conducted on a routine basis, the rate has dropped in some cities as low as 10 percent or even below.

In 1994, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that use of underage decoys is a valid tool of law enforcement to ensure that licensees are complying with the law.

The following locations denied the minor the sale of alcohol in accordance with state law and deserve recognition:

  • Chevron, 22600 Palm Dr, Cathedral City
  • AM/PM Market, 27900 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City
  • Valero, 28201 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City
  • Mobil, 28051 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City
  • Cardenas, 31622 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City
  • Circle K Market, 35472 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City
  • Canyon Food Mart, 68459 East Palm Canyon, Cathedral City
  • AM/PM Market, 67625 East Palm Canyon Dr, Cathedral City

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) through the department’s Alcohol Policing Partnership (APP).

ABC is a Department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.

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