CMPD: Promoters using rental properties to host illegal parties

By Stephanie Tinoco

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said illegal parties are putting teens in danger.

According to police, they are busting up to six parties a week often finding underage drinking and stacks of cash.

A minor told Channel 9 he is concerned about the trend.

“I have heard it before — overage people being at underage parties sometimes,” high school student Dwan Wilson said.

He has seen ads that sell tickets for $50 for the parties on social media.

Sgt. Chris Rains spoke about the Alcohol Beverage Control Unit at a news conference Wednesday and said his detectives are committed to enforcing the safe consumption and handling of alcohol.

Officials said a trend is emerging where people are renting property for parties where alcohol and tickets are being sold without permits.

In some cases, the people putting on the parties are choosing short-term rentals such as Airbnb, offices in business parks or abandoned homes and the location of the party isn’t announced until the day of so officers have a hard time finding them.

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