LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) - A police bust on an underage booze filled party has a prominent Los Lunas high football player in trouble. But while the player is in trouble with his school, he's not in trouble with the law. In fact, no one is.
Police busted the player hosting the party at his parents' house this weekend while they were out of town. It happened around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday when cops were called to a home on Festival Road NW.
“They walked around to the side of the house, there was an open gate and as they walk around the gate they hear yelling, in essence, 'Cops! Cops!'” said Lt. Naithan Gurule, a spokesman for the Los Lunas Police Department.
A source says that at least thirty high school kids, all underage, were on the property. According to the police report, officers found alcohol inside the home.
While many of the teen party-goers ran off - the ones who didn't had to talk to police.
“Those individuals, it had been determined that they had not been drinking with the exception of one juvenile who did admit to drinking,” said Lt. Gurule.
According to the police report, that juvenile said it was “his home” and his parents were “out of town.” Police say the home belongs to Wilson Holland, Athletic Director for Los Lunas High and father to prominent local athlete, Jacob Holland.
Jacob is a wide receiver for the Tigers football team and also plays basketball. But police and district officials have not confirmed if he's the teen who threw the party.
“The individuals who were under 18, their parents, each of their parents or guardians were contacted and asked to come pick them up, even though they had not been drinking,” said Lt. Gurule.
Police say the 18-year old teens were told to leave on their own because they too were sober. Officers left the scene without writing a single citation.
“This individual who admitted to drinking was extremely cooperative to officers and as a result that was taken into account and he was not cited,” said Lt. Gurule.
Police insist that the officers were not giving anyone star treatment and that the underage party was treated along the same lines they would treat any other underage party.
“They didn't know if anybody was involved on a sports team or was from a local school,” said Lt. Gurule.
Los Lunas Schools say as a result of the party, they've suspended one single football player from Los Lunas High from all school athletic events for the next 45 school days. However, the district would not confirm if that the student was Jacob Holland.
For first time violators, a suspension for Los Lunas Schools athletes can be reduced if the student completes a drug and alcohol prevention class.
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