An underage party in Gilford, New Hampshire, resulted in the arrest of 23 young people on Saturday, January 26, according to reports. Nearly half of those in attendance were taken into custody on charges of intoxication and unlawful possession of alcohol.
Police responded to a home on Yasmin Drive, a quiet street in a residential area neighboring Lake Winnipesaukee, after receiving several anonymous calls that teenagers were drinking at the property. Upon arrival, officers reportedly saw that the lawn was "littered" with empty alcohol containers, and several people fled into the home when they spotted the police car.
Law enforcement approached the front door and reportedly gained permission to enter the residence, where they discovered an estimated 50 young adults, a large amount of alcohol and some marijuana. All of the alcohol and drugs were seized, and anyone found to be underage and intoxicated or holding an alcoholic beverage was arrested.
According to newspapers, officers called the teenagers' parents or guardians, and some took custody of their children at the scene. Since Saturday, all of the remaining teenagers have been released.
The two tenants of the residence were charged with facilitating a drug or underage alcohol party.
Though the names of those involved have not been released, police reported that the suspects are scheduled to appear in Laconia District Court on March 7 for arraignment.
Events like these can occur at any time in the Granite State. If you or your child has been accused of a crime like underage drinking, be sure to enlist the help of an experienced New Hampshire criminal lawyer. These professionals can work on your behalf to ensure that your teenager doesn't suffer from a mistake like this.