No locals arrested in Troy ABC bust

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 23, 2011

No Covington County students were involved in an early Wednesday morning ABC raid at a fraternity party in a downtown Troy restaurant that sent at least 50 to jail.

Lt. Lance Price with the Alabama Beverage Control Board said agents received a tip Tuesday night that minors were consuming alcohol at a Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity party at The Pines restaurant.

Price told The Troy Messenger, The Star-News’ sister paper, that “within two minutes of our going in the front door,” the first person was arrested.

He said the majority of the charges were minor in consumption of alcohol. One was charged with distribution of a controlled substance and another was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana.

He said more than 300 people were in attendance at the party, which began between 8 and 9 p.m. At one point, four people, who had attempted to flee when agents arrived, had to be rescued off the building’s roof. Price said six ABC agents, five of which are from Covington County, as well as Troy Police officers, had to get a City of Troy ladder truck to get the partygoers down.

Price said it was the most people he’s ever arrested in one location in his 18 years of law enforcement.

The Messenger reported that Herb Reeves, dean of students at Troy, said “a little over half” the 50 people arrested early Wednesday were either Troy students or those scheduled to begin classes in the fall.

Reeves said the party, which was a social event for Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, had been approved by the university.