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Sting operation in Chapel Hill targets underage drinking

Posted August 9, 2010

Chapel Hill police made seven arrests of adults Friday charged with giving or selling malt beverages to a minor, according to a report released Monday.

Lt. Kevin Gunter, spokesman for the Chapel Hill Police Department, said the arrests were the result of a coordinated effort of underage buyers working with police to identify places where minors were being sold alcohol.

The following people were arrested:

  • Laura Faye Chamberlain, 24, at 1001 Hamilton Road
  • Angela Denise Leak, 48, at 618 Weaver Dairy Road
  • Ward Mckinely Collins, 22, at 100 Europa Drive
  • Rupesh F. Britto, 25, at 504 W. Franklin St.
  • Merrick Nichols Rahl, 29, at 501 Meadomont Lane
  • Juan Manuel Gonzaliz-Martinez, 31, at 128 E. Franklin St.
  • Tonya Renee Smith, 33, at 1200 Raleigh Road

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  • Mugu Aug 10, 2010

    If we can flaut the drinking laws, we should be able to flaut other laws, even the good ones.

  • meeper Aug 9, 2010

    I see Democrats pass silly laws other than taxes and loss of freedom.

  • meeper Aug 9, 2010

    How silly!!! What a great use of law enforcement resources!! Give me a break.

  • mulecitybabe Aug 9, 2010

    It just kills me the number of people that come on here and post that all laws should be obeyed no matter what, and all offenders should get the maximum punishment allowed by law.

    Do these people never do anything wrong? Will the gates to Heaven fly open when they arrive? Yes, the law is the law, but it's time to spend our extremely limited resources wisely. This is a waste of my tax dollars. I drank when I was 18 and have somehow lived to the ripe old age of 50 despite a bunch of do-gooders trying to live my life for me.

  • no contest Aug 9, 2010

    So ironic. Chapel Hill won't go after illegal immigrants but they take hours to do something like this. Why don't we read about a coordinated effort to go after the illegal immigrants Lt. Gunter? I forgot, most police departments believe in SELECTIVE law enforcement. They choose to enforce laws where they collect fines.

  • Lickad Aug 9, 2010

    We have to follow all laws to the letter, if we don't like them as a society, we can repeal them. Rule of law is here for a reason. No excuses!

  • readme Aug 9, 2010

    Let them drink.

  • NCTeacher Aug 9, 2010

    I wish the article were more clear. When I see the word "minor", I think of someone under the age of 18. But from the comments I gather that these "minors" were legal adults who just haven't reached 21 yet.

    And I agree Not Now- anyone who is old enough to enter a contract, serve in the military, vote, get married, etc... should be able to buy themselves a drink.

  • Not Now Aug 9, 2010

    So, should we all feel free to ignore any laws we don't think are "right?" Would it be ok if I burned down my neighbor's house because I think it's an eyesore? Can I drive faster than the speed limit because I think it was set too low?

    If you don't like the law, petition your senators and representatives to get it changed. Don't just arbitrarily ignore it.

    For the record, I think the drinking age should be reduced to 18.

  • Weaker Pelosi Aug 9, 2010

    htomc42: Don't forget at 18 you can also enter into a legal contract, buy cigarettes, and porn.