State and Local Agencies Raid Illegal Night Club in Iredell County


IREDELL COUNTY – Earlier today, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft, and the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant of Buster’s Strip Club, an illegal adult entertainment night club located at 667 Bethesda Road in Statesville, NC.

The owner and operator, David Lee Yates Jr., 58, of Statesville, was the only person present during the execution and was charged with selling alcoholic beverages without obtaining a license from the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.

Law enforcement officers seized spirituous liquor, malt beverages, and marijuana. Multiple weapons were present in the club.

Anonymous complaints from the community sparked ALE’s initial investigation into the location. ALE special agents found Yates was operating an illegal strip club and selling alcoholic beverages in violation of the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws.

North Carolina ALE Assistant Special Agent in Charge Meredith Shoaf said “These locations attract individuals who buy and sell illegal controlled substances, weapons and violence which puts a strain on local law enforcement services. This is part of ALE’s Community Betterment initiative which partners with local law enforcement to help shut down these types of locations and improve the quality of life within a community,” Shoaf said.

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 and state lottery laws.