Steamboat Springs Two Steamboat Springs men were arrested outside Central Park Liquor on suspicion they purchased alcohol for an undercover minor Wednesday.
Police Officer Josh Carrell said Chhongba Sherpa, 49, and Marco Antonio Murillo-Dominguez, 36, were arrested on suspicion of providing alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor, during the shoulder-tapping investigation. Officers also conducted the investigation at Ski Haus Liquor and Arctic Liquors, he said.
"Basically, we had an underage buyer asking people outside three different liquor stores to purchase him alcohol. Those were the two that did," Carrell said.
The investigation was funded by a federal Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws grant, which is designed to help communities enforce drinking laws.
"Most of our kids don't get liquor themselves. They get it from older brothers and friends," he said. "The fact that perfect strangers are willing to buy kids alcohol portrays a problem."
During the investigation, officers noticed another adult purchasing alcohol for a 19-year-old male in the Central Park Drive parking lot. The woman, Amanda James, 31, of Steamboat Springs was cited for providing alcohol to a minor, and the teen was cited for being a minor in possession. The incident was not related to the police department's investigation, he said.
Wednesday's investigation is the second time officers have conducted a shoulder-tapping investigation using the EUDL grant.
A judge set a $750 bond in Sherpa's and Murillo-Dominguz's cases during a hearing in Routt County Court. Sherpa is scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 6. Morillo-Dominguez is scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 7.