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Upstate Law Enforcement Crackdown on Parents Who Serve Alcohol to Minors

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Upstate law enforcement take underage drinking seriously deputies said Thursday, and that means cracking down on parents who serve minors alcohol at after prom parties. 

It's a county by county effort that paid off last weekend. A report from the Greenville County Sheriffs office said:

"The most recent enforcement wave deals with the Out of Their Hands Enforcement Blitz that targets proms and after prom parties. Saturday evening, deputies received tips that several underage drinking parties were taking place following proms being held that night. As a result of these tips, deputies arrested two individuals with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor; one individual with Simple Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Minor in Possession of Alcohol; and one individual with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Deputies also cited eleven, 17-19 year olds with Minor in Possession of Alcohol and three 16 year olds with Minor in Possession of Alcohol."

Patrick and Kelly McSharry are now charged. 

In Spartanburg County deputies do the same thing and have conducted 140 compliance checks within the past few weeks. They send minors out to stores to see if shop owners will sell them alcohol if their underage. 

Deputies also train to bust parties and stop parents from serving to minors. Some parents think if the party is at their house, the kids are safer. 

"I'd prefer the party to be at my house because If they're going to drink and drive, everyone can just stay where they are and it's perfectly fine, even though giving minors is against the law," said Corey Clark. 

"I can see both sides of it, you don't want your child out on the road drinking, you tend to think its safer if they're home but in the long run it's not a good idea at all," said Janine Tompkins. 

First Sgt Danny Blackwell said the Spartanburg County Sheriffs Office said they have a no tolerance policy. 

"When they're sloppy drunk and you have 2-3 kegs in the house and 25 guests that's a tremendous amount of alcohol and we've seen that on regular occasions and that's not ok," he said. 

Deputies train with resource officers who hear about parties at school and also scan social media website's. Deputies also said they train on how to efficiently bust a party and try to prevent them before they need to write citations. 

If you're caught, officials say, you'll be paying $470, you may lose your drivers license, you could face jail time and two citations before you turn 21 means you could lose scholarship opportunities. 

For parents the fine is over $650 and possibly time in jail. 

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