Location: Multiple

Incident Date: 2-17-2017

Incident Time: 1800-2200 hours

Case Number: 17-02053

Victim: State of California

City: Cutler-Orosi-Sultana

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

Kaspian’s liquor

Kwik Korner Market

Cutler Food Mart

Cutler Liquor

Rubalcaba Grocery Market

Aden Market

Big O Gas N Deli

Tortilleria El Progreso

Super 7 Store

R&N market

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.