Underage drinkers busted at Speedworld in Wittmann

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Maricopa County sheriff's deputies found underage drinkers during an undercover operation at Speedworld.

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 3:05 PM

WITTMANN, Ariz. -- Maricopa County sheriff's deputies raided a Wittmann motocross track and found two dozen underage drinkers.

Maricopa County officials said they received citizen complaints about underage drinking and activities where boys as young as 12 years old were watching half-naked women in wet shirt contests at Speedworld.

On Saturday night, about 30 deputies went undercover at the popular race track.

The operation resulted in 25 criminal underage drinking citations, six arrests on criminal warrants, five DUI arrests, two drug arrests and 15 civil traffic violations.

"Underage drinking is a serious problem and somebody out there is obviously selling alcohol to these kids," Arpaio said. "We're going to find out."

Statement from Mike Saucier, a spokesman for Speedworld:

"We would like to get to the bottom of this as much as anybody. We do not sell alcohol on the premises nor do we possess a permit to do so. We don't think this is a widespread or consistent issue but anytime there are arrests for something of this nature, it obviously gets our attention. Although we already have robust security on the grounds, out of an abundance of caution we are re-evaluating our security presence and will take the appropriate next steps. We want to ensure that fans come to Speedworld and enjoy motor sports in a safe and legal manner."

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