ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Raves are all the rage this summer although a Bernalillo County gang detective believes parents would be shocked by their kids' behavior at these parties in the desert.
BCSO Gang Detective Nathan Lerner says parents would be shocked by their kids' behavior.
Earlier this summer Detective Nathan Lerner, with the approval of Valencia County investigators, took a video camera to a rave to document what was going on. He was in uniform and told kids where he worked.
On the video, one can see girls scantily dressed and everyone dancing to music. Glow sticks and other lights are flickering.
"We did see a lot of younger kids showing the signs of being high on the drug MDMA, which is ecstasy ," Lerner told KRQE News 13.
A mother who didn't want her identity revealed said she went with her 16-year-old daughter to a rave on the Pajarito Mesa in southwest Bernalillo County.
"We were told it was kids getting together dancing having a good time," she said. "It was a lot more.
"It was trance music ; it was alcohol, drugs. Little girls, probably around12 years old all the way up to maybe in their 20s even walking around with nothing but panties and bras on."
The mother also said she was offered alcohol and Ecstasy and saw the pills passed around. The girls with only a small amount of clothing were dry fornicating, she added.
There were a couple hundred people at the rave.
Lerner took News 13 to a patch of land on the Pajarito Mesa where the landowner said his nephew had a rave a couple of weeks ago.
There were water bottles and glow sticks littering the ground. Lerner said about 100 people were there but didn't pay attention to what they were doing.
A stage for the DJ was constructed and a disco ball hangs from a pole.
Raves are not hard to find. There are flyers and information on the Web, and deputies said you get a phone number to get directions.
The Albuquerque mother says the evidence is not hard to find that your kids are attending raves. For one they wear pacifiers, she said.
According to deputies the pacifiers stop kids from grinding their teeth, which is a side effect of Ecstasy.
The kids also like to wear colorful beads as bracelets.
Investigators said organized raves are much more different than outdoor raves. When they're held at clubs, they're usually in a controlled environment.
Still police raided Club 7 in downtown Albuquerque last summer during a rave. Officers said kids were high and partially dressed.
Detectives said there are some clues that your kid could be going to raves. Those include glow sticks, vapor rub, pacifiers, cheap plastic beads and bandanas or other masks.
They also suggested parents talk to their children about the dangers of the consequences of drugs and alcohol at these parties.
Reporter: Kim Holland
August 20, 2009
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