ALE Agents and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Raid Alcohol, Gambling and Drug Locations

10/1/2015
 

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office deputies served four search warrants on Wednesday. Each of the locations searched operated illegal video gaming machines.

A search of Meadow Novelty, located at 5350 NC Hwy 50 South in Benson was conducted. William D. Johnson Jr., 64, was charged with three counts of gambling, three counts of possession of an illegal slot machine, three counts of operating an illegal slot machine and possession of counterfeit goods.

The search at Meadow Novelty resulted in the seizure of five illegal video gaming machines, counterfeit goods and $4,696.

A second search was conducted at a residence located at 47 Tarheel Road in Benson. Gregory K. Dorsey, 45, was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of mushrooms, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for the use of drugs, manufacture controlled substances, possession with intent to sell marijuana, possession of dextroamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. ALE agents also charged Dorsey with possession of non-taxpaid alcohol and nine counts of various gambling charges related to illegal video gaming machines. Crystal L. Dorsey, 39, was also charged with possession of non-taxpaid alcohol and various gambling offenses.

The search at 47 Tarheel Road resulted in the seizure of cocaine, mushrooms, methamphetamine, marijuana, other controlled substances, firearms, five video gaming machines and $11,435.

Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said “Yesterday’s investigation is a good example of the working relationship between deputies from the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and ALE. This partnership and the hard work that went into this investigation ensures safer communities in our county.”

A third search was conducted by ALE agents at a residence located at 1372 George Perry Lee Road in Dunn. Graylon McLamb, 70, was charged with nine counts of various gambling charges related to video gaming machines, possession of non-taxpaid alcohol, possession of equipment for an illegal distillery and possession of alcoholic beverages for sale without an ABC permit. Doris A. McLamb, 72, was also charged with various gambling offenses.

The search at 1372 George Perry Lee Road resulted in the seizure of nine video gaming machines, non-taxpaid alcohol, parts for a liquor still, 263 gallons of mash and $37,814.

The fourth search was conducted by ALE agents at a residence located at 9 Daddy Lane in Dunn. Ricky J. Barefoot, 61, and Edna P. Barefoot, 62, were charged with nine gambling charges related to video gaming machines and possession of non-taxpaid alcohol. Christopher Barefoot, age 21, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The search at 9 Daddy Lane resulted in the seizure of ten video gaming machines, non-taxpaid alcohol and marijuana.

ALE Special Agent in Charge Jeff Lasater said. “Locations such as these generate significant complaints from the community and removing these illegal venues is a goal for ALE. Illegal gambling often attracts other activities such as drugs and illegal alcohol. Our goal is to eliminate these places in an effort to make our community a safer place.”

While ALE agents’ primary responsibility is enforcement of Alcoholic Beverage Control laws, they also have the authority to arrest and take investigatory action for any criminal offense.

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Contact: SAC Jeff Lasater
Date: October 1, 2015
Phone: (919) 218-1122