Over this most recent weekend, forty-seven businesses were given the chance to sell alcohol to minors. The good news is that thirty-eight of those businesses passed the test.
On the other hand, nine businesses were found in violation of the law, and did in fact sell alcohol to minors.
The dark side to this process is Tuolumne County Sheriff ,Jim Mele, has chosen to keep the information as to which businesses were found to be in violation of underage alcohol sales, a secret.
As initially reported at My Motherlode, while all types of establishments were visited, not a single arrest was made for the underage purchases. Only citations were issued, and even those were not listed on the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department website along with the rest of the citations and arrests over the weekend.
A request for the information made by My Motherlode was refused by the Sheriff's Office. It is however, noted that this most recent sting operation was prompted by a local high school student as a senior project.
It remains to be seen if the uproar from the public will be enough to force the hand of Sheriff Mele in divulging the names of the businesses in question.