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Alcohol and Tobacco Compliance Check Yields Arrests in Petaluma

The decoys attempted to purchase alcohol and tobacco, and they stood in front of some alcohol retail establishments and asked customers if they would purchase alcohol for them.

By Bay City News

Two men were cited and two other men were arrested for allegedly purchasing alcohol or tobacco for minors in Petaluma on Friday, according to police.

Police conducted an alcohol and tobacco compliance check operation with minor decoys who were sent to businesses selling tobacco and alcohol to attempt to make a purchase, Debaeke said.

The decoys also stood in front of some alcohol retail establishments and asked customers if they would purchase alcohol for them, he said.

Police cited and released Petaluma transient Darrel Wayne Vincent, 57, for purchasing alcohol for a minor, Debaeke said.

Petaluma resident Michael Gentile, 62, was also cited and released for purchasing tobacco for a decoy.

Petaluma transient Roberts Evans, 46, and Petaluma resident Juan Garcia Perez, 58, were both arrested for purchasing alcohol for minors and booked into Sonoma County jail.

Evans was found to be on probation and had two outstanding warrants for his arrest, Debaeke said.

During an investigation officers determined Perez was driving under the influence, he said.

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