Santa Maria meth dealer steals alcohol sting money
February 9, 2015
An alleged methamphetamine dealer offered to buy alcohol for a Santa Maria police operative and then attempted to walk away with the booze. [KEYT]
On Friday, police failed in their attempt to catch liquor stores selling alcohol to minors and adults buy booze for people under the age of 21. They did arrest the lone suspect, though, for stealing money offered in exchange for alcohol.
Officers charged the suspect with petty theft, as well as possession of methamphetamine for sale. They also determined that he was a parolee.
During the sting, a decoy posing as a minor entered 10 liquor stores, but each shop refused to sell him alcohol. The decoy also asked six individuals to purchase alcohol, but only the alleged meth dealer agreed to do so.
Police conducted the sting in coordination with the California Alcoholic Beverage Control Department. A $25,000 federal grant is funding alcohol stings that Santa Maria police are conducting.