Early on the morning of December 31, 2017, police in the Atlanta suburb of Cartersville arrested 70 people at a house party because no one would claim ownership of a stash of marijuana that totaled less than an ounce.
As The Cartersville Daily Tribune reported, Cartersville police responded to a “shots fired” call around 2:18 AM on New Year’s Eve at a “Christmas Lingerie Party,” and soon found the marijuana.
Jail records acquired by the Daily Tribune showed that 63 of the 70 arrestees had all been processed with a single count of marijuana possession under one ounce.
The report also noted that most of the people arrested are men aged 19-25, many of whom had been “star athletes” at the local high school.
After the arrests, parents of the some of the people arrested at the party told Fox 5 Atlanta that they were frustrated by the lack of information surrounding the mass arrests.
“We just want our babies,” one of the parents, Monesha Fezzia, told Fox 5 on December 31. “They aren’t telling us anything.”
On Tuesday, Tyisha Fernandes, a reporter for Atlanta’s WSB-TV, tweeted that some of the arrestees are just now being released over 48 hours after their New Year’s Eve arrests.