ALE busts hundreds during Azalea Festival

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Submitted: Mon, 04/16/2012 - 7:51pm
Updated: Mon, 04/16/2012 - 7:54pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Alcohol Law Enforcement arrested or cited 261 people during the Azalea Festival over the weekend.

Agents filed a total of 308 charges. That included 107 charges of underage possession of alcohol, 15 charges of using a fake ID and 15 charges of possession of marijuana.

ALE turned over five DWI cases to the Highway Patrol.

Also, two businesses were cited for alcohol incidents involving minors.


  • Guest12123 says:

    And New hanover is a much safer place today!!! What a waste of 40,000 a year

  • Longtimer says:

    No other city. No other states have ALE people busting this kind of petty stuff in crowds of visitors for festivals. This elicit undercover activity has been going on since back at the original beach music festival 30 years ago. Very bad for tourist cities and beaches.

  • Guest66 says:

    Wilmington and the Cape Fear region have a lot to offer for the weekender, vacationer and locals. We have attraction to the beaches, rivers, golf, NC battleship, riverfront, parades, festivals, celebrities, fireworks, music cookouts, museums and arts, gardens, and more shopping than you can do in a life time. Come on down….…
    We also have New Hanover County Sheriff, Wilmington Police, Wrightsville Beach Police, South Port Police, Carolina Beach Police, Kure Beach Police, NC Wildlife, NC Hwy Patrol, Coast Guard, Helicopter, Radar, Cameras, Sub Marine devices, an Army of Parking Meter People, Tow Trucks, Citizen Volunteers watching your every move, We also have Tons of Permits, so you can do anything you want here: We’ve got one for freshwater fishing, we’ve got one for saltwater fishing, we have one if you want to sit at a picnic table in the park, and we have one if you want to drive on the beach and Fines for pulling a Neighbor out of the Sand. We have one if you want to go boating, we have one if you want to go camping, and, if you want to invite a few friends, we have one so you can have a party. And, introducing our latest service – the county can take your car and sell it at auction, so I wouldn’t recommend driving anything you want to go back home in. The trap is set. We are waiting in ambush for you.
    We love your money, and we don’t care how we get it. As long as you come back. With a smile.

  • GuestRe says:

    Great Job to the ALE for teaching all the people arrested the lesson of Drinking and Driving.

  • Government Mule says:

    and ALE sounds like the group for me. I may have a list of stereotypical groups that I personally don’t really like for whatever reason and currently I would probably get in trouble if I were to go screw around with them. With ALE I would get paid.

  • Guest1212 says:

    They have to justify their existense and show their supervisor on Monday mornings how many arrests they made. It is the most useless law enforcement job around.

  • John Henry says:

    Cancel the Azalea fest immediately!!! Agents have been called in and hundreds of citations and criminal charges have been filed for this City sponsored event to attract criminals and violators. Ale agent = no friends.

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