Saturday, July 20, officers from Ada County Juvenile Enforcement Team, the Boise Police Department’s Alcohol Enforcement Team, Bureau of Land Management Rangers, Ada County Juvenile Probation and the Idaho State Police Alcohol Beverage Control Officers fanned out across Ada County looking for signs of underage gatherings where illegal drinking of alcoholic beverages might be taking place.
Reports of a large amount of traffic and a phoned-in tip alerted officers to converge on a location south of Kuna out Swan Falls Road. Around 11 p.m. 20 officers surrounded a regular party spot on Moore Road, located at the end of Swan Falls Road South of Kuna just before it descends into the canyon along the Snake River. There, officers encountered a large bonfire, open alcohol containers and over 60 minors at the scene ranging in age from 15 to 20 with most under 18-years old.
When it was all said and done, officers cited 19 individuals with minor consumption citations, 2 DUIs, 3 open container citations, 2 infraction citations and 5 underage drinking violations.
During the crackdown, numerous additional cars were still arriving. Once vehicles saw police on the scene many of these cars turned around. Officers estimate the party could have grown to over 100 minors. According to the Ada County Sherrif, Kuna deputies were involved and stationed on the road to discourage any new party goers from showing up, in effect warning them that the party was over.
Any minors drinking were not allowed to drive away from the scene. Parents were notified they could pick up their children at the party location or after being transported to the Kuna police substation.