Boise police coordinated a multi law enforcement agency "kegger patrol" Saturday night where officers broke up about half a dozen parties in the desert and gave out 67 tickets for consumption of alcohol by minors.
Boise police have been coordinating the multi-agency "kegger patrol" for graduation weekend for the past three years but this was the first time they were able to use the Civil Air Patrol to help out, Officer Jermain Galloway said Monday.
The pilots with the Civil Air Patrol flew over the Foothills area to the north and the desert south of Ada County, where they were able to spot tell tale signs of keg parties, like fires or large amounts of cars parked miles off established roads in the desert or Foothills rural, Galloway said. The planes helped law enforcement cover about 1,000 square miles of rural, desert, and Foothills areas.
"With it being dark, (the planes) were a great help," Gallodway said. "We had 21 officers this year, and we were able to get to lots of places. You don't want to drive an hour to get somewhere and find nothing there."
Officers busted keg parties in the Swan Falls area south of Boise and in the Foothills near Idaho City and Arrowrock Reservoir area east of Idaho 21, Galloway said. "It all comes down to public safety and the safety of your young people," Galloway said. "We want everyone to enjoy their graduation, a milestone in their lives, and we want it to be a safe, memorable experience."
Officers also made one DUI arrest and handout out three citations for three drug possession, two citations for providing alcohol to minors, and three citations for resisting arrests during the raids, according to Boise police reports.
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