Police raid rowdy party near Ft Riley, arrest 25 soldiers

Photo credit: Grandview Plaza Police Department

An out-of-control party at in Grandview Plaza, a small town outside Fort Riley, Kansas,  lands 25 soldiers in jail.

They’re now facing alcohol and drug-related charges stemming from the raid just before midnight on Friday night. Grandview Plaza PD was called to the scene after receiving complaints about a “loud party”.

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According to the police report, the 25 soldiers and 2 civilians arrested were charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, criminal use of a weapon, hosting minors consuming alcohol, and unlawful noise.

Lt. Col. Kimeisha McCullum, a spokesman for the 1st Infantry Division said, “Every soldier arrested that night was charged with possession of marijuana because a single marijuana cigarette was found at the party.”  Police told Army officials that no one admitted to owning the cigarette, so officers cited everyone with possession.

Ten soldiers, under the age of 21, were also cited with underage drinking. Most of the soldiers involved were from the 1st Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, according to the Army Times.

Spc. Ronald Jenkins, who is 24, and a member of the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, was also cited with “unlawful noise and hosting of minors.”

The soldiers were later released to their units. It’s not clear if they were under any restrictions while on post because each decision “is based on the facts and the individual involved, and may differ from unit to unit and soldier to soldier,” McCullum said.

Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby, commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, said in a statement: “In light of the report, I’ve asked leaders at all levels to redouble their efforts to lead in ways that will preserve fairness, good order and discipline. We will get after this at all levels of command.”

He added that in most cases Ft. Riley soldiers are “great members of the local community” and that this type of conduct only represents a “small portion” of the Fort Riley population.

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