Police hand out dozens of underage drinking violations

Underage Drinking

ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Some southern Minnesota police had a busy start to their weekend.

Albert Lea police received an anonymous report of an underage drinking party just before midnight Friday.

The house on S. Newton Ave. is where they say they handed out violations to more than 20 people.

They ranged from underage consumption to false information provided to disorderly conduct. 14 of the violators were under 18 and only one of them was over 21.

“It used to be back in the day we’d allow those over 21 to leave, we no longer do that. We keep everybody there because what we’re doing, we’re attempting to find out who actually provided the alcohol and if we let them go, that’s probably our prime suspects,” said Lt. JD Carlson of the Albert Lea Police Department.

It is something he said they treat like any other crime.

“It might sound trivial but what the officers do, they go into the house, they gain entrance whether we need to get a search warrant or not. We’re not just going to go away because they won’t let us have access, we’ll take the time, secure the perimeter and get a search warrant,” Carlson said.

He said an underage party this size is unusual for the town and it concerns him to see so many in the 13 to 17-year-old range.

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