Montgomery County Police Alcohol Initiative Unit officers cited eight teens after responding to a call regarding a party in the woods in the area of Great Seneca Highway and Lakelands Drive the evening of May 4.
According to Sgt. Mark White, supervisor of the Alcohol Initiative, at least 10 teenagers ranging in age from 14 to 18 were present when his unit arrived on the scene. Police said the teens are students at Frost Middle School and Gaithersburg and Quince Orchard high schools.
“The teens were all charged with possession of alcohol by a minor. They will get court dates and face a fine and community service,” said White.
A news crew from WUSA-9 was with the unit when they arrived and aired coverage of the incident as part of its “Wasted: Young and Using” segment on May 14 during the 11 p.m. broadcast.
The WUSA9 report stated two of the teens had not been drinking but were still cited due to something known as constructive possession, meaning they were so close to the illegal activity that they clearly knew it was happening and could have easily been participating themselves.