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Acadia Sheriff: Two dozen cited for underage drinking

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File photo: Church Point Mardi Gras File photo: Church Point Mardi Gras

Five law enforcement agencies worked security for the Church Point Mardi Gras on Sunday, which resulted in a drop in citations for fighting.

However, 24 people were cited for underage drinking, and many more were moved from private property, Sheriff KP Gibson said. 

Along with the Acadia Sheriff's Office,  members of the Church Point Police Department, Crowley Police Department, Mamou Police Department and Rayne Police Department worked the only celebration in the area, Gibson said. The crowds get bigger every year, he said. 

"We often see young adults take over parking lots and to some extent businesses with the intent to party, drink and cause disruption to the town of Church Point," Gibson said. "This year being our second year involved in the Mardi Gras security, we focused on numerous areas where we had previous problems. This meant moving people from private property that they did not have permission to be on as well as taking a stance on underaged drinking. In all 24 people were cited for underage drinking. We were able to see a reduction in report fights from 13 in 2017 to 2 in 2018. I believe this a result of a strong presence of law enforcement."

Even with the extra manpower, it was difficult to maintain order, he said. There were about 40 officers on duty for the celebration, he said.

"I want to thank all law enforcement for working together for the safety of businesses, home owners and participants of this event. We have a great working relationship here in Acadia Parish and it is here to stay," he said. 

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