33 arrested at nightclub near Annapolis 17 are charged with underage drinking

January 11, 1998|By Laura Sullivan | Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF

County police arrested 33 young adults and confiscated three cars near a Parole nightclub Thursday in a late-night sting operation meant to cut down on underage drinking.

For the fourth time in little more than a year, undercover officers sat in unmarked police cars in the parking lot of Buddy's Late Night Annapolis in the first block of Hudson St., watching as teen-agers and others began to gather and, in some cases, drink, police said.

Officers were working with the nightclub's management, who told police they are eager to reduce the fighting and drinking outside, police spokeswoman Carol Frye said.

"For some reason, this seems to be a place where they like to congregate," Frye said. "Reducing underage drinking is the big push right now. We find when young people drink, they do things they might not otherwise do -- like commit crimes and petty vandalism."

Of the 33 arrested, 17 were charged with underage drinking, eight legal drinkers were charged with drinking in public, two were charged with assault, a 21-year-old was charged with possessing cocaine and five people were charged with possessing marijuana -- two of whom were also charged with underage drinking.

The youngest arrested was 18. The oldest was 29.

Thursday night's sting follows a similar operation at Hurricane's near the Baltimore-Washington International Airport less than three weeks ago, police said.

Pub Date: 1/11/98

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