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Joe Arpaio's Going After the ASU Party Scene This Weekend

Attendees of last week's ASU football game against Sacramento State.
Attendees of last week's ASU football game against Sacramento State.
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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he's going after the party scene at Arizona State University this weekend.

Well, the old man himself won't be out there scribbling minor-in-consumption tickets to the youngsters and telling them what life was like during the Civil War, but his staff warns of a "major crime suppression op[eration]" this weekend.

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Arpaio will probably be tucked in by 8:30 p.m., and miss all the action.

After a Tempe Police Department alcohol task force made 1,367 arrests in three weekends, though, it looks like police aren't done targeting the youngsters and their drinking. The "Safe and Sober" task force that led to those arrests was only scheduled to last for those three weekends, but -- surprise, surprise -- everyone didn't start staying at home and studying economics textbooks on Friday and Saturday nights.

The beating of a student in an elevator at an off-campus apartment complex surely was a factor as well in the cops' continued interest as well.

Neither Tempe police nor the Sheriff's Office has released any additional details on the operation, though.

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