ALE Investigates Alcohol Source Following Death of Three Teens


RALEIGH – North Carolina’s Alcohol Law Enforcement agents arrested a man today for providing alcohol to three teens who were later killed in a vehicle accident less than three miles away from the man’s home.

ALE agents charged Vincente Rivera Montero, 26, of 5717 Riverford Drive, Raleigh, with five counts of aiding and abetting -- being over the lawful age to purchase alcohol and giving it to a person under the age of 21. 

Montero purchased beer at a convenience store on Buffaloe Road on Jan. 21 for a party at his home. In addition to the three teens who were killed, two other minors at the party consumed alcohol.

The State Highway Patrol investigated the 2 a.m. accident that occurred near the intersection of Forestville Road and Buffaloe Road and notified ALE on Jan. 23 to request the investigation.

The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected.

“ALE special agents place a high emphasis on working investigations that include death or serious injury, especially when they involve our young people” said ALE Branch Head Terrance Merriweather. “In addition to imperiling a teen’s safety, underage drinking can put innocent members of the public at risk.”

ALE’s 109 specially trained agents have the authority to arrest and take investigatory action for any criminal offense. Their primary responsibility is the enforcement of Alcoholic Beverage Control laws and state lottery laws. ALE is a branch of the State Bureau of Investigation.