Incident Date: 2-17-2017
Incident Time: 1800-2200 hours
Case Number: 17-02053
Victim: State of California
Posted by: Dispatch
Suspect 1 – Saleh Hussain, 27 Yrs of Age
Suspect 2 – Male Juvenile, 17 Yrs of Age
Suspect 3 – Balvir Singh, 36 Yrs of Age
Over the past weeks, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office received numerous complaints from concerned citizens in the Cutler-Orosi area regarding local stores selling alcohol to minors. Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office contacted ABC (Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control) and sought assistance to address the problem.
On 2-17-17, The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with ABC, conducted a decoy operation in the Cutler-Orosi and Sultana areas. During this operation, juveniles under the age of 21 were sent into stores under the direction of ABC Agents and Deputies and were directed to purchase alcohol.
The following is a list of the stores contacted;
Orosi Food Mart
Orosi Mart & Deli
K&K Mini Mart
East Orosi Market
Kwik Korner Market
Cutler Food Mart
Rubalcaba Grocery Market
Big O Gas N Deli
Tortilleria El Progreso
Super 7 Store
During the Operation, Deputies and ABC Agents contacted a male juvenile employed as the clerk at the Rubalcaba Market. This juvenile sold alcohol to one of the minors and was cited for Business and Profession code 25658(a). The Alcohol license holder, Saleh Hussain, was also contacted and was taken into custody for possession of Khat (Controlled Substance) and for allowing a minor under the age of 18 to sell alcohol. He was later booked at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility.
Deputies and ABC Agents also contacted Balvir Singh at the Super 7 Market. Singh sold alcoholic beverages to the minor decoy and was cited for selling alcohol to minors.
The cases are currently under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW or (559) 725-4194.