A male younger than 21 years old working under the supervision of the sheriff’s office initiated contact with 120 people requesting to have alcohol purchased for him. A majority of the people declined the solicitation.
During this operation five people — four men and one woman — agreed to purchase alcoholic beverages for the minor. The five people were issued citations.
Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. The amount of the citations issued June 30 were $640.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the safety and security of the public. By warning the public of the risks involved when choosing to buy alcohol for a minor or another person, the sheriff's office hopes to reduce alcohol-related accidents, crimes or fatalities in the county.
The message is straightforward: Don’t provide alcoholic beverages to anyone who is younger than 21 years old and everyone over the age of 21 is encouraged to consume alcohol responsibly.
The sheriff’s office encourages the public to report underage drinking activities by calling 334-COPS or in case of an emergency dial 911.