More than 20 people, including 14 teenagers, were cited Saturday with alcohol-related violations after authorities crashed separate parties in Fort Mill and York.
Around 12:45 a.m. Saturday, an officer stopped vehicles leaving the Fort Mill party at 1928 Grady Hope Road and cited three people with underage alcohol possession, according to reports from the York County Sheriff's Office. Authorities then went to the house, where they charged 11 other people with underage alcohol possession and possession of a keg without a proper label, police reports show.
Alcohol was scattered around the house in plastic cups, and several beer cans were found in the yard, said Sgt. Andy Boone of the Sheriff's Office.
Later, officials also crashed a party in York, where they found 120 bottles and cans of beer and cited eight people, said Commander Marvin Brown of the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit.
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"We went in, and the kids asked, "Can't we just pour it out and leave like they used to do it?" Brown recalled. "I said, 'No, not in York County. That's why we're here now.'"
Eight people were charged with underage alcohol possession, with one of those also charged with possession of marijuana, according to reports.
In all, 22 people face alcohol and/or drug-related charges after the two parties.
Last summer, Gov. Mark Sanford signed an amended law making it illegal for those younger than 21 to attempt to consume alcohol. Under the law, first-time offenders will lose their driver's licenses for 120 days and must attend a state-approved alcohol intervention program for at least eight hours and pay court fines.
Saturday night, officials planned to investigate a third tip about another party where underage drinking was expected to happen, Brown said.
"Three parties in 24 hours shows there is a serious problem," he said. "It's zero tolerance."