SOUTH BEND, Ind. (Sept. 16) – Indiana State Excise Police officers arrested or cited 61 people on alcohol, tobacco and drug charges at the B100 concert at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds in South Bend yesterday.
Officers arrested 22 people for illegal possession or consumption of alcohol. Six adults were arrested for furnishing or providing alcohol to a minor.
Twenty-eight people were cited for underage possession of tobacco. Two adults were also cited for furnishing tobacco to a juvenile.
Excise officers also made arrests for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of synthetic marijuana and false informing.
Yesterday was B100’s 19th annual birthday party, when the station hosts country music performers for a free concert. This year’s event included Travis Tritt, Joe Nichols and several other music artists.
As the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the primary mission of the Indiana State Excise Police is to promote public safety by enforcing Indiana’s Alcoholic Beverage Code. While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws.
All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.