This past weekend’s West Side Nut Club Fall Festival in Evansville was a busy one for Indiana State Excise Police.
State excise police cited 62 people at the event, which celebrated its 92nd annual running this year. That number is up from 47 people that were cited at last year’s event according to excise police.
Excise police say 34 juveniles were cited for possession of tobacco. One adult was cited for providing tobacco to a juvenile. Additionally, 8 people were arrested on drug-related charges, including possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernelia. 10 were arrested for possession or consumption of alcohol during the event. Two of those were also cited for possessing false identification. 1 person was charged for false informing and 1 person was also arrested for providing alcohol to one of the minors. 1 man was arrested on an outstanding warrant at the Fall Festival while 4 other people were cited on various other charges.
State excise police say most of the arrests and citations were issued in the alleys surrounding the festival along West Franklin Street.
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.