Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies break up underage drinking party promoted on Facebook


Last night, Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Harford County Liquor Board inspectors broke up a regularly scheduled underage drinking party that had likely been promoted on Facebook since September of last year and have charges pending against two adults. Here’s the details from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office press release:

News Release
Underage Drinking Party Busted in Bel Air MD

[March 19, 2011, Bel Air, MD] Following a ten-day investigation, Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search and seizure warrant on a home in the 700 block of Fox Bow Drive in Bel Air, MD at approximately 9:30 pm on Friday, March 18, 2011.  The investigation began in response to several anonymous complaints received by the Sheriff’s Office concerning ongoing regularly scheduled underage drinking parties at this location.

Investigation determined that the drinking parties were promoted on Facebook under a business category billed as “The Laughing Duck”.  It was further determined that these events had in all likelihood been occurring since September of 2010.  This particular event was scheduled to start at 9pm on March 18, 2011.  When Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Harford County Liquor Board inspectors arrived, there were over thirty people at the residence.

Criminal and civil charges are pending against two individuals who live in the residence for charges related to providing alcohol to a minor and providing alcohol without a license.  In addition, several civil citations were issued to juveniles at the party for consumption of alcohol under the age of 21.   Party attendees were issued preliminary breath tests to determine if they were able to drive away from the scene, once allowed by the deputies.

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.   The program was designed to encourage a new attitude about underage drinking by focusing on awareness regarding the risks associated with this epidemic.