Police Investigate Underage Drinking Party

BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ) — A 10-day investigation led deputies to a home in Harford County where children were being sold alcohol.

Jessica Kartalija reports county officials say this is part of a much bigger problem.

On a quiet street in Bel Air, deputies raided a home where they say residents were running the house like a bar, serving high school and college students.

“They were posting the parties on Facebook, encouraging people to come, pay a fee to get in, in which alcohol would be supplied,” said Monica Worrell, Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

The page—called “The Laughing Duck”—led deputies and county liquor board inspectors to the home Friday night.

“The alcohol was being supplied by the residents of the home,” Worrell said.

Neighbors say they would have a party at least once a month and when the weather was nice, sometimes more often.

“Parents shouldn’t condone underage drinking, especially supplying alcohol for the children under age,” said neighbor William Heidel.

Citations were issued to those under 21 with alcohol in their system.

“It is in violation of dispensing alcohol for a fee,” said Joseph Ryan, Harford County Drug Control Policy.

Ryan—who is with the Office of Drug Control—says this incident highlights a much bigger problem.

“Kids are becoming addicted to drugs at a higher rate that started drinking at an earlier age,” Ryan said.

The suspects in this case have not yet been formally charged.

Deputies say those attending the parties were charged a $5 “cover.”

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  1. Herman Glimsher says:

    PUT THESE PEOPLE IN JAIL!!!!!!
    NEXT THEY’LL BE SELLING THEM POT AND CRACK!!!

    1. Charlie Peacher says:

      no they really wont be

    2. wheresmyfreedom says:

      so wat if they are selling pot? whats has pot doe to you? and this story is bs drinking age should be 18 anyways….

      1. jerryenowitch7 says:

        F…….k your freedom pimples. You will earn that on the Battlefield or when your sorry pampered ass graduates from College. Get dic head?

  2. JOHN FROM ABINGDON says:

    AS A RESIDENT OF HAZARD COUNTY, THIS IS NO SURPRISE. THE BELAIR-FALSTON IDOTS WITH MONEY WILL CONTINUE TO GET AWAY WITH THIS. NOBODY EVER HEARS ABOUT THE HERION PROBLEMS IN FALSTON OT THE SEVERAL PARTYS LIKE THIS IN THE COUNTY. CHECK THE HISTORY AND KEEP TRACK, I PROMISE U NOTHING WILL HAPPEN EXCEPT WRITTING TICKETS TO KIDS, NOT THE ADULTS.

  3. petfriend says:

    Seems they could be charged with numerous things such as operating a club business in a residential zone, operating a bar or distributing alchohol for sale without a liquor license, and since they are operating an entertainment establishment for profit it should be subject to health dept regulations, as well as of course contributing to the delinquency of a minor in each case, Yet no charges?

  4. jerryenowitch7 says:

    Rich White middle suburbia & full of racist phony christian moral right wing Republicans & Tea baggers. Any wonder the kids there are the way they are? They see Mom & Pop do it all the time or better yet Mom & Dad don’t give a rat’s a** & are too busy paying for the BMW in the driveway & the bloated mortgage. Yea, the real Christian way.

  5. JOHN FROM ABINGDON says:

    jerry you’re an ass. What is it with u nuckleheads that have to make a race issue out of something just because it doesn”t happen in the HOOD OF BALTIMORE. Trust me ass wipe, just go to Edgewood behind where the Giant used to be and u will change your mind. Please do the world a favor and keep your ignorant and uneducated coments to yourself.

    1. jerryenowitch7 says:

      John from Abingdon, I bet you drive a pickup truck with a gun rack , white hoods & a wooden cross in the back bed joker.

    2. oneworldppledecide says:

      John, why do you think the hood is only in Baltimore? Baltimore Co and surrounding areas have slang- ‘hoods’ also we are living in the times where crime have no limitations and race no longer plays a role neither, the area crime hits has no color if you watch the news to get informed then you are limiting yourself. Peace.

  6. getyourfactsstraight says:

    This story is being blown way out of proportion. It was a party, it is not a legitimate bar, no one was profiting, the majority of the people are over 21, and those in attendance always had a designated driver or were offered to spend the night. There is no need for the extensive charges being pressed against the individuals.

    1. sherry says:

      wow…you must have been at that party also. Did you offer any of those kids a safe ride home or where you one of them severing the alcohol

      1. willie man hanging says:

        Sherry, May I suggest word spell?…I was giving them rides home after they gave me head.

  7. Lynn of Bel Air says:

    Wow…I live in Bel Air and I don’t have money….I also don’t drive a BMW..and I’m not Republican! Anyway, I sure hope justice is served in this case. Those involved should be prosecuted and sent to jail.

  8. ratm33 says:

    They are going to drink anyway. They will get it somehow. This is a waste of my tax money. The cops that went their are probably bigger alcholics then the people attending. The difference is when the cop gets pulled over for DWI he flashes his badge and is told to be careful.

  9. jerryenowitch7 says:

    Ratm33,
    Do you feel lucky today punk?…That’s one of the job bennies, STFU & do as I say & not do.

  10. petfriend says:

    ratm33…these were teenagers, not adults, ..if your son or daughter got killed by one of them because of drunk driving you may suddenly change your mind and be screaming about why the cops weren’t there to stop this. This is exactly the type of thing they should be doing.

  11. Holier than Thou says:

    Well hello there, I am from Bel Air. I am white, I drive a very expensive car and live in a very expensive mansion with very expensive things. My political views are, of course, republican. These are all reasons why teenagers drink, personal decisions have nothing to do with it. I’m so glad that none of the people commenting on this article have ever even drank underage and most certainly do not have children who have ever once even considered attending a party.

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