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Plattsburgh Police crack down on underage drinking parties

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Summer is just getting started and Police in Plattsburgh want to stop a trend of underage drinking parties with hundreds of guests in its tracks.

Teens refer to a spot in the woods as "guam."

"It's a place where high school students go in the woods, and it's just like a place if you can't go to a house party," said Angelica Sanchez, Plattsburgh.

"Guam" is the high school teens spot to throw a party in the woods behind the Plattsburgh State Field House. Teens who go there say the life of the party is almost always alcohol.

"They don't do it in the winter, because it's obviously cold. They pretty much do it every weekend as much as they can," said Sanchez.

Plattsburgh City and University Police say they recently broke up multiple underage drinking parties in the woods. Police say the parties are getting bigger with gatherings of more than 100 underage drinkers.

"Twice. This weekend and Monday. It's been getting busted a lot lately," said Sanchez.

The teens who hang out in "guam" named it that thinking they were partying far away from parents, police, and teachers, but authorities say the underage drinking parties in the woods presents more dangers than just consuming alcohol.

"One young person was transported to the hospital for alcohol intoxication at one of the parties, but also it's isolated, it's a wooded area. There are many natural hazards," said Chief Arlene Sabo, SUNY Plattsburgh Police.

Teens like Sanchez say they are becoming aware trespassing on university property to drink alcohol may not be the best idea.

"You don't know what's going to happen, you can fall in the water and drown. Because we have a fire pit, you can fall in the fire. Some people have almost accidentally fell in the fire. So there's a lot of things that could happen that you don't know about because you're obviously drinking," said Sanchez.

Police say no charges were pressed in the last two party breakups, but will start pressing charges if the parties continue.


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