Cannabis Party Busted, Party Go-ers Jailed
A party disguised as a “lingerie-themed 21st birthday bash,” was busted on New Years Eve in Georgia. Neighbors began calling the police on the holiday after hearing a series of gunshots go off. Cartersville Police Department initially responded to the calls but after spotting some of the party favors, they called Bartow Cartersville Drug Task Force to assist in arrests and confiscating the drugs and paraphernalia.
One of the first items notice by authorities was the cornucopia filled with marijuana and other small items. That's when the Drug Task Force was called. Unfortunately, after interrogating every party go-er, not one single person was willing to give up any information about who the cannabis belonged to.
That, of course, did not sit well with the cops. Therefore, 63 people, including several minors, were arrested and spent the night in jail. “All the subjects at the residence were placed under arrest for the possession of the suspected marijuana which was within everyone’s reach or control,” a press release by the Bartow Cartersville Drug Task Force states. “All arrestees were immediately transported to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office by multiple transport vans.”
Essentially, all 63 people were arrested and charged with possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, which is still considered a misdemeanor in the state of Georgia. The crime carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and fines reaching $1,000.
Since the mass arrest, the NAACP has involved themselves due to reports that African Americans were poorly mistreated during and after being arrested. A GoFundMe account has also been started in efforts to raise bail and legal fees for those affected by the arrests.