Salem teen busted for organizing party with Twitter hashtag

Salem teen busted for organizing party with Twitter hashtag

GATES, Ore. - Deputies busted a large party planned in rural Marion County on Friday night after following #ProjectNat, which was trending on Twitter.

Investigators with the Marion County Sheriff's Office said evidence on the social site led them to believe there would be underage drinking and other illegal activity at the gathering.

Officials said 19-year-old Nathaniel Gray of Salem had been using #ProjectNat on Twitter to organize a large party at Packsaddle County Park off of Highway 22. They tried to contact Gray through Twitter to warn him of the consequences.

Deputies arrived at Packsaddle Park near Gates, Ore. at around 9:30 p.m. to find a bonfire, a stage, alcoholic beverages and several partygoers.

Gray arrested and booked into the Marion County Jail on disorderly conduct, furnishing alcohol to a minor, offensive littering and providing a place for minors to consume alcohol.

Officials said the Gates Fire Department might also seek penalties against Gray after they had to douse the bonfire.

FROM MCSO: The Sheriff's Office wants to thank the public for its out pouring of tips that lead us to the early intervention of this event. This type of public interaction is key to our children's safety in this digital age.