PELHAM -- Police discovered an underage graduation party with 40 to 50 people drinking late Saturday night after a parent who picked up his son from the party notified police.
The owner of the home, identified by police as 47-year-old Sandra Whiting, would not let police into her home at 3 Monument Hill Drive, in a neighborhood off Mammoth Road. So officers set up a perimeter around the house and made multiple announcements for the minors to exit voluntarily, police said.
Officers then used license plate numbers on vehicles lining the road outside to find parents of those inside. Officers asked the parents to contact their child and request they voluntarily leave the house. With the help of parents, about 35 of the party attendees were released to their families, according to police.
Officers didn't obtain a search warrant until hours later. They were able to enter the home after 4 a.m., about five hours after the parent who picked up his son told police about the party.
The house smelled of alcohol and marijuana, police said. Most of the alcohol appeared to have been through out, with about five large bags of empty bottles and cans hidden in the basement. Officers also found a funnel, a marijuana grinder, a glass smoking bong, and a marijuana joint.
Seven minors found sleeping inside the home -- four in the attic and three in the living room -- were released to who police said were responsible adults.
Criminal charges will be forthcoming, police said.
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