Police make alcohol arrests

Two men accused of buying product for an undercover minor

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— 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.

Comments

dave reynolds 7 years, 5 months ago

I was asked last week end..simply put I said get lost before I turn yuor sorry ass in.....there is to much to loss fine possible jail time and maybe even your job..thier will always be someone willing to buy for the minors but this is one who won't

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dundalk 7 years, 5 months ago

Id: Why is it that you continue your allegations against civil matters?

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tkdman 7 years, 5 months ago

the word entrapment comes to mind....but why would anyone with half a brain in Steamboat buy liquor for anyone hanging out, outside a liquor store, given the local police penchant for the good old days of prohibition.

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dundalk 7 years, 5 months ago

tkdman: The is no case of entrapment with these random alcohol checks. The mere definition of entrapment only exists if someone in "enticed or seduced" by law enforcement or their agents, into committing a crime.

In these cases, such action does not apply as the perp is willing, without enticement, to knowingly violate the law.

I believe that these "sting" operations must continue. If the operations net even one perp, then maybe, just maybe, we can stop the ever growing problem of teen/underage drinking.

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id04sp 7 years, 5 months ago

No such thing as prohibition for people who are old enough to purchase legally.

Entrapment. Yes, I think it was. Why not hang around the store and just watch, as was done in the 3rd case?

Our police and the feds do have better things to do than hang around to entrap people. There are plenty of more serious crimes going uninvestigated on the (false) grounds that they are "civil." Not so boys; not so.

What we need is front-page photos of adults who buy for kids, and real jail time (at least 5 days) for convicted offenders.

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beentheredonethat 7 years, 5 months ago

serious entrapment offense by an out of control police department. there are too many officers on the payroll if they can support this kind of illegal activity. i would like to see the victims of this scam, hire a lawyer and sue the city police department.

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dundalk 7 years, 5 months ago

How sad that some are determined to look the other way at the obvious underage drinking problems that besiege our community. One need look no further than the police blotter and arrest records in the Sunday section of our local paper and read of youth drinking.

I am curious if some of the naysayers here would sing a different tune if someone they cared about or loved was killed by a teen who had found some stooge to buy liquor for them?

Been there: If a teen kills a member of your family, would you still be looking for some silly esquire to sue the police over your interpretation of this "scam"?

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LookoutJoe 7 years, 5 months ago

the kid probably looked like he was close to 20, and was probably 6 foot 4 and weighed 220. i think its unfair and, like tkdman said, its entrapment completely. people wonder why teens drink, and then get hurt and get in trouble: probably because this is a party town for young and old, so everyone goes out and gets into the activities.

Dundalk, you talk about being in turmoil when some one gets killed by a drunk teen. the thing is is that not all drunken deaths are because of teens.

this problem is out of control because of how this town is so hypocritical on the subject of alcohol. we just go in circles on this issue and it never gets fixed, so i'm done

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spukomy 7 years, 5 months ago

Here's the move. Tell them it'll take an extra $20 on top of what their booze costs. Walk in, get your own goods, tell the Mgr. what the kids are doing and ask to be let out the back door. More beer for us and they may stop hanging outside that spot.

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corduroy 7 years, 5 months ago

I still think its morally questionable and a little bit of enticement having police "use" an underaged kid to conduct these investigations What's this kid getting out of this? It just sounds sketchy to me. Card everyone and you won't have to deal with the morally insane methods they're using. I wouldn't let my kid help the cops like that, EVER

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corduroy 7 years, 5 months ago

and not to mention that PARENTS are the reason many kids today drink. They'll either buy it for the kids thinking they'll drink at home and be safe and supervised OR the kids steal the alcohol from daddy's liquor cabinet. Who here hasn't done that?

The police should NOT replace parenting!

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