Saturday, July 6, 2013 —
RALEIGH – Special agents with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Alcohol Law Enforcement section and officers with the Wadesboro Police Department arrested 10 people at an illegal night club in Wadesboro on June 30.
Two people were arrested on warrants and six others were cited and released on alcohol, gun or drug charges. This is the second time the night club, Npressions, at 317 East Caswell St., has been raided for operating without the required Alcoholic Beverage Control permits.
ALE special agents seized 268 liters of malt beverage, spirituous liquor and unfortified wine along with three grams of marijuana, a gun, $225 in cash, several television sets and digital video and audio equipment.
Officers with the Wadesboro Police Department, deputies from the Anson County Sheriff’s Office and a dog handler from Adult Correction assisted ALE special agents in delivering a search warrant to Npressions.
“Illegal night clubs typically breed more crime,” said DPS Secretary Kieran Shanahan.
“The public is safer with combined state and local law enforcement efforts like this one.”
Npressions’ bartender, Bernea Ennea Ford, 35, of Wadesboro, was charged with two counts of selling alcohol without ABC permits. The club’s owner, Jefferson Andre Rivers, 39, of Wadesboro, was charged with three counts of possession of alcohol for sale without an ABC permit, three counts of allowing the possession or consumption of spirituous liquor on premises not authorized and two counts of maintaining a business that was resorted to by persons using marijuana in violation of the N.C. Controlled Substances Act.
Special agents from four ALE districts, Charlotte, Conover, Greensboro and Fayetteville, as well as ALE’s Special Operations Group, took part in the lengthy investigation and subsequent arrests.
“This is a problem area that we have been dealing with for several years,” Wadesboro Police Chief T. Spencer said.
“I appreciate the assistance of ALE and all the agents who came to help.”
The N.C. ABC Commission licensed Npressions in 2010, but rejected their permits due to fire, safety and alcohol violations. The club reopened illegally in 2011 and ALE investigated, searched the property and charged Rivers with operating without permit.
The current investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.
ALE special 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 the Controlled Substances Act.