WPD Cracking down on Underage Drinking

Officers of the Winthrop Police Department, conducting surveillance activities and sweeps under the 2014 Underage Alcohol Enforcement Grant program, broke up a house party on Saturday, May 31 at 10:30 p.m. arrested one subject on drug charges and are investigating charges against the tenant, after observing several underage teens exiting from a party at 120 Hermon Street.

The grant is awarded through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) and funds police activities aimed at reducing the illegal use of alcohol by people under the age of 21.

According to police reports of the incident, 20-year old Nikhil Derek Walton, of 119 Farrell Road in Lynn was taken into custody on charges of possession of a class B drug (LSD) to distribute and possession of a class B drug, following a search of the suspect’s backpack, which he had authorized.

The resident of 120 Hermon Street, apartment 1, Chukwukadibi Nnodim-Amadi, 22, is also being investigated for charges of procuring alcohol for a person/s under the age 21. According to Police Chief Terence Delehanty, a summons for Nnodim-Amadi will likely be issued from East Boston District Court on that charge this week.

According to the incident reports filed by the detectives and officers involved in the sweep, the officers were conducting house party checks and compliance checks of local package stores, in accordance with the 2014 Underage Alcohol Enforcement Grant, when they observed a group of young people walking towards the house at 120 Hermon Street. They were able to determine by watching the house that a large, noisy party was taking place inside the house in the first floor apartment.

After knocking at the door, the officers were let into the apartment by the tenant, Nnodim-Amadi. Once inside the officers were able to positively identify several juveniles, under the age of 21, who had access and contact with alcoholic beverages present in the apartment. The officers continued their search of the apartment and ultimately identified 22 juveniles, from the town of Winthrop, who were in attendance at the party. The juveniles were taken to Winthrop Police Station and were later turned over to their parents.

Walton was booked on the drug charges and was scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, June 2 in East Boston District Court. The report indicates that he was in possession of 21 doses of LSD, a substance believed to be a liquid form of marijuana and other substances that were taken into evidence and sent for laboratory testing. According to the reports, if other illegal substances are determined to have been in his possession, additional charges may be added.

Winthrop Police Chief Terence Delehanty credited his officers and the 2014 Underage Alcohol Enforcement Grant with making the arrest possible and helping to reduce underage drinking in the town.\

“Detectives Tim Callinan, Wayne Carter and School Resource Officer Dawne Armitstead did an excellent job in conducting the house search, identifying the underage participants and investigating the (suspect) who was found to be in possession of illegal drugs,” said Chief Delehanty. “The Underage Alcohol Enforcement Grant is specifically designed to help us put more officers on the streets, so that we have the resources to be able to identify and intercede in this type of activity. With the approach of summer, we realize that these types of parties are going to take place and we are grateful that this grant gives us the ability to police that activity and properly enforce the underage alcohol laws.”

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