BCSO's party patrol nets another bust
Newly formed unit may continue
Published : Sunday, 30 May 2010, 6:34 PM MDT
Reporter: Crystal Gutierrez
Web Producer: Devon Armijo
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The second weekend of the Bernalillo County Sheriff Department's new Party Patrol was fruitful and the program could be extended.
BCSO is going all out by utilizing 16 deputies and the department's helicopter to bust up underage parties.
Early Sunday morning, the patrol arrested Miguel Montiel, 44, and charged him with five felony counts of giving liquor to minors. Deputies were called to a loud party in a South Valley neighborhood just after midnight. Montiel owned the house and was at the party when officers arrived.
Inside the home, deputies said they found five minors with bloodshot eyes who admitted they'd been drinking. The youngest was 15-years-old. They told deputies it was a graduation party. Graduation parties and the holiday weekend were the reasons BCSO started party patrols. Last weekend, they busted up 16 large parties in the South Valley, North Valley and East Mountains.The department said the busts show the patrols are working.
Saturday night's patrol, however, could be the last.The sheriff's department said it will evaluate the past two weekends to determine if the patrols are working and if they should continue through next weekend.
The teens at Saturday's party were also cited.
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