|Updated: 5/27 11:53 pm
||Published: 5/27 11:01 pm
Strong beer, liquor, drugs and no life jackets are all reasons to get busted on the Illinois River.
Rangers with The Oklahoma Scenic River Commission say over the Memorial Day weekend they found several violations on the Illinois River in Cherokee County.
"Drugs and alcohol and any glass product," said Ranger Captain Bill James.
Littering is also a costly ticket that can run up to a $1,200 fine. Rafters were also fined for having beer and liquor stronger than 3.2 percent.
At Flatrock , James pulls rafters to shore to check what's in their ice chest.
"Guys, got a question, what kind of alcohol do you have in the boat?" asked James.
The floaters said they had 3.2 beer in their ice chest.
"Would you mind opening that ice chest to make sure you don't have any glass o liquor?” said James.
He finds beer that is 4 percent and a Gatorade bottle that looks suspicious. With a portable breath test the bottle tested positive for alcohol.
"Alright gentlemen what's it mixed with? Rum, vodka, what? “ asked James.
The floaters admit there was vodka in the Gatorade bottle.
"Water and alcohol really do not mix," said James.
He also issued a written warning for having four life jackets and not five in the raft, and not having a permit.
Law requires you have a permit for each day you are on the water or a yearly permit.
From minor violations to felonies, FOX23 News learned there were two floaters arrested on the river over the weekend for drugs.
"Cutting and snorting hydrocodone," said James.
The captain said after an assisting agency saw the couple stop on a gravel bar with a group and starting cutting and snorting the pain medication, they went to jail.
Back at Flatrock, James wanted to make sure the rafters caught with alcohol were getting home safely.
"So you are not going to be getting in a car hitting the highway to drive 80 miles to get home?" asked James.
The rafters said they were staying at a campsite.
A Cherokee County judge requires anyone getting a ticket on a holiday weekend on the Illinois River to go to court and see a judge. He will decide the accused violators guilt and fine, which can be $200 to $500.