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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Pima County Sheriff's Department confirmed its "zero tolerance" approach to underage drinking at parties in anticipation of graduation festivities throughout May.

Sheriff's officials can obtain a search warrant for a home if residents are uncooperative and underage drinkers or anyone supplying the liquor will be arrested, according to Deputy Courtney Rodriguez.

The PCSD warns parents of "Social Host Laws" that would allow police to arrest parents or guardians who allow underage drinking in their homes. "Social host" and "contributing to the delinquency of a minor" charges are put in place for every person under 21 and can result in fines or jail time, according to PCSD. Felony charges could be added if someone gets injured or killed on the property, or injures or kills someone after leaving the home.

PCSD officials remind the public that social media can quickly turn a small gathering into a large-scale party. They also suggest residents let neighbors know when they are leaving town.

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