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Adult, 10 teens arrested in raid on party
Authorities credit tip line for bust
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Authorities are crediting an anonymous tip line for the recent raid of teenage party in a lakeside subdivision.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office charged 10 teens, ranging in age from 17 to 19, with underage alcohol possession Friday night. Four of the teens also face misdemeanor marijuana possession charges.

In addition, 24-year-old Nicholas Taft of Alpharetta was charged with 10 misdemeanor counts of furnishing alcohol to a person under 21 and one count of possession of drug-related items.

According to a sheriff's report, all of the teens were issued citations to appear in court. Two other teens, who were not seen drinking or smoking, were released to their parents’ custody.

The party was at 1865 Sawnee Trail, the home of an 18-year-old charged in connection with the party. Her parents were out of town, the report said.

Three of the teenagers are seniors at Forsyth County high schools, district spokeswoman Jennifer Caracciolo said. One attends Piedmont Learning Center, a second goes to South Forsyth and the third is at West Forsyth.

According to the sheriff’s report, the raid at the home near Lake Lanier resulted from an anonymous tip through Campus Crime Stoppers.

The tip line debuted in mid-February as a partnership between the sheriff’s office and school system.

It allows students and parents to send the sheriff’s office text messages, as well as phone calls or e-mails, about possible criminal activity.

According to the sheriff's report, investigators watched Friday night as the party started and “observed numerous persons who appeared to be underage, drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking marijuana.”

“The investigators moved in around 10:30 p.m. and broke up the party.”

Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Gene Moss said the department has received several tips from students and parents through the tip line.

He said they have been beneficial in preventing and solving criminal activity in and around local schools.