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Spartanburg task force questions handling of underage drinking situation

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SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Spartanburg Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission is puzzled by Sheriff Chuck Wright's decision to drop charges against 26 high school students for underage drinking.

"I do believe this has set us back, just from the comments I'm hearing," said SADAC Coordinator Phillip Hudson.

SADAC's Tobacco Alcohol Compliance (TAC) team had to go into a home May 4 after receiving a noise complaint, the incident report said.

The report stated 26 students were found to be underage drinking. Each was given written citations, the report said.

However, an apparent loophole got those charges dropped. The sheriff's office said they found jurisdictional problems in the way the case was handled, but many parents in the area are complaining the teens were let off the hook because they come from prominent families.

"We've had officers apart of the team during multi-jurisdictional events, so it's nothing out of the norm," said Hudson, who added that officers from different areas often work together voluntarily on TAC teams to reduce underage drinking.

"If jurisdiction is the question, that would be odd to me because we've done it this way and we've never had a problem," he said.

Wright was unavailable for comment.

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