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More than 200 arrested/cited during NC Azalea Festival

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - More than 200 people were either cited or arrested during the North Carolina Azalea Festival this past weekend, according to the Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement.

The charges ranged from drug trafficking, underage drinking, fake identification and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.  The operation ran from Thursday through Saturday.  The festival ended Sunday.

ALE states 269 charges were made on 218 people. 

Breaking down the numbers:

  • 17 fake identification violations
  • 53 charges of possession alcoholic beverages by an underage person
  • 36 drug charges including trafficking in opium and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit

ALE also tested local businesses for selling alcohol to minors.  The businesses cited for selling to someone under 21 include:

  • Sand Bar, 417 S. College Road
  • K and D Mini Mart, 251-A S. Kerr Ave.
  • Olive of Twist, 21 N. Front St
  • City Limits, 28 S. Front St.
  • Soapbox, 255 N. Front St.
  • S&E 321 Food Mart, 4415 Market St., (2 counts) employee sold twice
  • Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.

The NC Highway Patrol also conducted two checkpoints over the weekend due to the large influx of people during the Azalea Festival.

One checkpoint was on MLK Parkway in Wilmington Friday night, the other was on US 74/76 in conjunction with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

According to First Sgt. Troy Pope with Highway Patrol, a total of 68 people were cited for DWI, while 498 people were cited for other violations.

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