Underage Drinking Party Busted In Bel Air

BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ)— Criminal and civil charges are pending against two Harford County residents suspected of hosting frequent underage drinking parties.

Harford County law enforcement busted an underage drinking party in the 700-block of Fox Bow Drive in Bel Air at about 9:30 p.m. Friday. There they found 30 people, some of whom were minors under the legal drinking age of 21.

The 10-day investigation began in response to several anonymous complaints received by the Sheriff’s Office concerning ongoing regularly scheduled underage drinking parties at the location. 

The drinking parties were promoted on Facebook under a business category billed as “The Laughing Duck.”  Police believe the parties have been going on since September 2010. 

Charges pending against the two residents include providing alcohol to a minor and providing alcohol without a license.

Juveniles at the party were given civil citations for consumption of alcohol under the age of 21. Party attendees were also given breath tests to determine if they were able to drive away from the scene.

This investigation was part of a cooperative effort between the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy and Prevention and the Harford County Liquor Board.  The program is being funding by a grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention designed to combat underage drinking.


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