ST MARYS, GA -- 23 Camden County high school students are in trouble for underage drinking and smoking pot.
"There's a lot of stuff going on in the neighborhood lately," said Susan Wallingford. She's lived in the neighborhood for 15 years. "It's usually quiet, or at least it used to be until the last few years when more kids moved in."
She's also seen more parties like the one at a home on Plantation Drive Friday night.
Police arrested 23 teens for drinking alcohol and smoking pot. One kid had a BAC of .09.
Police say the parents weren't home Friday night. We knocked on the door today, but no one answered and there was a beer can still on the ground in the driveway. Last night, we know many of the parents met with police to find out what the charges mean for their kids future.
"That charge doesn't go unrecognized. These things have a way of coming back to haunt you later in life," said Sgt. Shannon Brock.
That's why police are sending a strong message by busting up these parties. It's the same message parents like Wallingford keep drilling into their kids. "No drinking. Don't go to parties where drinking is. If there is, call us," said Wallingford.
It's that advice that she and police hope will make this neighborhood quiet again. The teens could get up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine.