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Compton resident cited for selling unpasteurized milk

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A Compton resident was cited for selling unpasteurized milk mixed with alcohol over the weekend, authorities said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies conducted patrol checks on Jan. 21 along the 400 blocks of West Bennett and West Caldwell streets, as well as the 600 block of West Raymond Street, after numerous complaints from residents about the alleged late-night and early-morning sales, said Lt. Carmichael Octave.

There were no observable violations at the time, but deputies warned residents about the illegal activity, the department said.

On Saturday, deputies conducted another check and found about 40 people, including children, under a makeshift carport who appeared to be drinking milk from Styrofoam cups.

There were several cows and goats at the site but no pasteurization equipment, and a table with sugar and chocolate to flavor the milk, according to the Sheriff's Department.

A resident at the location was cited for distributing the milk, Octave said. The resident was not immediately identified.

From a health and safety perspective, sheriff's officials have an obligation to close such illegal operations, said Octave.

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