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Police break up party in West Virginia

July 24, 2000

Police break up party in West Virginia



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police broke up a party along W.Va. 480 Saturday night after neighbors complained about the noise at the bash, which had attracted more than 400 people from six states, authorities said Monday.

Additionally, Kevin Walker, 21, of 13032 Quartz Lane, Clifton, Va., was arrested and charged with possession of untaxed cigarettes, transporting untaxed cigarettes across state line and possession of marijuana, Trooper E.S. Fultz said.

The man had 358 packs of cigarettes he had purchased in Virginia, Fultz alleged.

Police believe he paid $300 for the cigarettes and planned to sell them for about $1,600, Fultz said. Only 20 packs of cigarettes, the equivalent of two cartons, can be taken across the state line, he said.

People at the party were from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Tennessee and New Jersey, Fultz said.

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The party was held in an open field in the White Rock subdivision near Kearneysville, Fultz said. Word of the party had been circulated on the Internet.

When officers arrived to respond to the complaint about noise, traffic to the party was backed up about a quarter-mile, the trooper said.

Jefferson County does not have a noise ordinance, but police had received enough complaints to shut the party down, Fultz said.

"There were cars from all over," said Fultz, who added police began getting complaints about 10 p.m.

The arrest occurred after a Nissan 240SX with a burned out headlight approached the traffic lineup outside the party, Fultz said.

Police talked to the driver and noticed a cardboard box containing cigarettes through a rear hatch glass, according to a criminal complaint filed in Jefferson County Magistrate Court.

Also in the rear hatch area was a sign that advertised cigarettes for $2 a pack, three packs for $5 and cartons for $15, the complaint said.

Police searched the car and found a bag containing a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana, the complaint alleged.

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