Spring break not only at the beach; Friday night party busted by TABC and SCU

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 17, 2008 - For most college students, spring break is synonymous with hearty partying. Friday night, more than 100 people turned out on County Road 1174 for a party.

But, the revelry ended sooner than planned courtesy of Hopkins County-Sulphur Springs Special Crimes Unit and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Local authorities received information the party was being planned on CR 1174 west of County Road 1175, where those attending would be asked to pay a fee to enter the party. They contacted TABC officials who arrived and assisted by SCU and deputies busted the party around midnight Friday.

More than 100 people, including a number who were underage, were said to be in attendance and a number detained due to weapons and large quantity of alcohol observed at the party, being held in a building on CR 1174. Only one person was taken to jail, an 18-year-old Tyler man who was found staggering around outside and had vomit covering his shirt, for public intoxication. More arrests are pending and charges for the property owner could be forth coming; that will be left up to TABC to determine, SCU investigators said Monday morning.

Overall, a large quantity of beer and other liquor was seized by TABC at the location, along with a 12-gauge pump shot gun, a 9 mm pistol and a small amount of marijuana.

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