ALE Arrests Wilmington Mini-Mart Manager on Cocaine Charges


A convenience store manager faces felony cocaine charges after he ran from the scene during an Alcoholic Beverage Control inspection.

An Alcohol Law Enforcement special agent charged Stephen Daniel Fennel, 28, of Wilmington, with felony possession of cocaine, possession with intent to sell and distribute cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting an officer.

On March 17, the ALE agent was working with a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office ABC deputy conducting a routine inspection at the New York Mini Mart, 602 Nixon Street, Wilmington. The agent noticed a book bag and asked who owned it. Fennel picked up the bag, started walking toward the door and then ran.

The two law enforcement officers apprehended Fennel after a brief foot chase. They found approximately five grams of cocaine, assorted drug paraphernalia and a handgun magazine with .45 caliber rounds.

Fennel was given a $10,000 secured bond. A violation report concerning the incident will be submitted to the ABC Commission.

“This is a good example of law enforcement agencies working together to get drugs off the street,” said D.J. Hales, special agent in charge of the ALE district office in Wilmington.

ALE 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, the Controlled Substances Act; and the state lottery.



Contact: D.J. Hales
Phone: (910) 346-2121