More than 150 people have been arrested in an operation done by North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents Friday night. The overnight operation was led statewide at 21 Alcoholic Beverage Control-permitted businesses.
It was reported by officials that an agent performed CPR on an unresponsive overdose victim until Naloxone was brought by paramedics. A suspect in an armed robbery who had 17 outstanding warrants for his arrest was also identified by another agent.
The overnight operation used ALE agents in tandem with local sheriffs, police chiefs and law enforcement partners. Officials said the operation was intended to prevent violence and criminal activity that happens at locations that sell alcoholic beverages. Businesses permitted by the ABC and non-permitted locations including shot houses were targeted in the sting.
In total, 158 people were arrested and charged with 297 offenses, including 101 alcoholic beverage-related charges, 97 drug-related charges, and 28 felonies. ALE special agents will submit violation reports to the N.C. ABC Commission to document regulatory and law violations they observed during the operation. Those violations could result in fines, suspensions or revocations of alcohol permits.
12 firearms and numerous controlled substances including marijuana, crack cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin were seized across the state. One vehicle was also seized and four search warrants were performed.
“This is the first of many operations ALE is planning to deter violence at nightclubs, bars, and restaurants across the state,” said Terrance Merriweather, ALE branch head. “The number of fatal shootings that have occurred at these locations is prompting ALE’s extra enforcement activity.” (http://www.wsoctv.com)
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. (USAToday)
Officials said the operation included locations in Asheville, Arden, Hendersonville, Hickory, Salisbury, Charlotte, Reidsville, Burlington, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Asheboro, Liberty, Mebane, Raleigh, Benson, Zebulon, Wilson, Washington, Ahoskie, Goldsboro, Wilmington, Castle Hayne, Swansboro, Jacksonville, and Fayetteville.