Yea, they thought it was so cool to hang out and take bong hits with Olympic champ Michael Phelps. Until the freaking sheriff started arresting everybody for it. Thanks a lot, Phelps.

The South Carolina house party was last November. The photo of Phelps went public last week. This freaked out the local SC sheriff, who launched an investigation, the stupid hick. Now kids are going to jail! Probably while exclaiming, "For what, dude!"

We've now learned that since investigators began trying to build a case, they've made eight arrests: seven for drug possession and one for distribution. These are arrests that resulted as the sheriff's department served search warrants.

We've also learned that the department has located and confiscated that bong.

Sources say the owner of the bong was trying to sell it on eBay for as much as $100,000.

Wow that sucks. Thanks for coming to the party Michael Phelps! Thanks for enforcing the law so fairly and voraciously, Sheriff! What a drag.

Not charged so far in this case: Michael Phelps. [WIS News. Pic: Star]