- Published on Friday, 20 April 2012 20:08
- Written by Super User
WILMINGTON, N.C. : April 16, 2012 - During the 65th annual Azalea Festival in Wilmington this past weekend, 15 special agents with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement arrested or cited 261 people on underage drinking charges, marijuana possession and using fake identification.
The three-day festival attracts more than 300,000 people. ALE's enforcement operation started on Thursday, April 12, and ended Saturday, April 14. A total of 308 charges were made on 261 people.
“Our goal was to ensure a safe Azalea Festival for those visiting Wilmington and for residents as well,” said Bill Berryhill, special agent in charge of the ALE district office in Wilmington. “I would like to thank members of the Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County Sheriff's Department, N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles and the Highway Patrol for their assistance.”
Citations included 107 charges of possession of alcoholic beverages by underage persons, 15 charges of using a fake identification and 15 charges of possession of marijuana. Five driving while impaired cases were turned over to the State Highway Patrol.
Two Wilmington businesses were charged with violating the Alcoholic Beverage Control laws. An employee allegedly gave a malt beverage to a minor at the El Cerro Grande, 341-60 South College Road. A clerk allegedly sold an alcoholic beverage to a minor at the Scotchman, 325, 901 S. 3rd St. Those cases will be forwarded to the N.C. ABC Commission for review.
ALE is a part of the Department of Public Safety. Its agents have authority to arrest and take investigatory action for any criminal offense. Their primary responsibility is the enforcement of the Alcoholic Beverage Control laws and drug laws.
Source: North Carolina Department of Public Safety.