The arrests came amid a statewide crackdown with various agencies at the local, state, and federal level. Agents targeted locations where alcohol was being sold both legally and illegally.
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The statewide operation resulted in the following:
- 8 search warrants executed
- 14 firearms seized
- Controlled substances seized
- Two illegal distilleries busted
- Over $13,000 in cash collected
There were a total of 237 charges handed out--93 of which were alcohol-related. Also among the charges were 6 gambling charges and 77 drug-related charges.
"ALE's primary mission is to protect public safety," said Bryan House, acting head of North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement. "So we apply considerable resources to regularly train the owners and staff of ABC permitted establishments to help them understand and obey North Carolina law."
In Person County, two people were arrested for the sale and manufacture of moonshine. One of the arrestees happened to be a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Businesses found in violation with the ABC commission could receive fines, suspensions, or a revocation of their ABC permits.
The counties where the operation was held included, but were not limited to, the following: Alamance, Guilford, Wilson, Nash, Franklin, Person, Wake, Pender, New Hanover, Craven, Iredell, Buncombe, Mecklenburg, and Cumberland.