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Raid at East Carolina University results in multiple alcohol citations

A weekend police raid earlier this month at an East Carolina University fraternity resulted in at least two arrests and as many as 60 citations. Several law enforcement agencies reportedly converged on the fraternity house after obtaining a search warrant. Law enforcement reportedly issued 60 citations for underage drinking after the February 5 raid.

The law enforcement agencies say they received a tip that a party was planned at the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house. Police say they obtained a warrant and conducted a raid of the fraternity house around midnight. Rusty King, an agent with Alcohol Law Enforcement says it the first time his agency has executed a search warrant at a frat house around ECU.

Police claim they seized a sign at the party offering shots of vodka, rum or tequila for $1 each. The sign was seized as evidence that sales of alcohol were allegedly offered at the frat house party. ALE agent King says he could not believe what he was reading when he saw the sign.

Sale of alcohol without an Alcohol Beverage Control permit is prohibited. King says that law enforcement will seek charges for unlawful alcohol sales where any exchange of money occurs that will lead to consumption of alcohol without a permit, including charging for cups or cover charge at the door.

In addition to the 60 underage consumption citations, a 19-year-old and a 23-year-old have been charged with aiding and abetting underage alcohol possession. The 19-year-old has also been charged with selling and possessing alcohol for sale without a permit and underage consumption.

Participating in the raid were agents from the Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement, Pitt County Alcohol Beverage Control officers and officers with the Greenville Police Department.

Source: WCTI 12, "Fraternity Suspended Following Party Bust," John Schwartz, Elizabeth Edmonds 11 Feb 2011

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