Mother charged with alcohol, drug offenses after alleged teen party
North Carolina law enforcement says that mother threw a party for her daughter and up to 400 other people June 30. The daughter is 19-years-old. The young woman reportedly had applied for a block party permit, but had been denied. Authorities say that the 48-year-old woman then held a huge party that including guests under the age of 18. The woman is now accused of alcohol and drug offenses. Neighbors say that the woman did not throw the party, but only allowed her daughter to have the event.
Police say that they knew about the party, due to the application for a permit. Authorities in Winston-Salem had denied the permit due to the time of day (10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.). Law enforcement visited the neighborhood at some point to check on traffic flow. Authorities claim that they spoke to the mother, and warned her about potential underage drinking violations.
Law enforcement claims that a neighbor called in a complaint about alleged marijuana use at the party. Officers reportedly returned to the neighborhood after the complaint, which reportedly came in just after midnight. Police say that beer cans, bottles and other items were strewn about the yard of the home of the mother. Police claim that an underage person was found at the party who was in need of medical assistance.
Police requested to search the woman’s home, but she reportedly asserted her right to be free from unreasonable government intrusion. Authorities later obtained a search warrant, and claim that evidence of underage drinking and illegal drug use was found inside the residence.
The woman has been charged with a variety of underage alcohol offenses and drug charges, including possession of marijuana, and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of violating drug crime laws. She was booked into jail on ,000 bond.
The daughter faces charges for allegedly aiding and abetting underage alcohol offenses and for underage drinking.
Thirteen people who allegedly attended the party have been charged with underage drinking offenses. One person faces North Carolina DWI charges. The additional people face drug charges in the aftermath of the party.
Source: WMFY-TV, “Police: Winston-Salem Mom Provided Drugs, Alcohol At Party For Minors,” July 2, 2012