Illegal Club Operating In Columbus County

JACKSONVILLE – North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents arrested the operator of an illegal nightclub in Columbus County on Friday, Oct. 21.   Ramon Jarver Currie, 26, of Whiteville, was charged with possessing alcohol for the purpose of selling, trafficking schedule II narcotics, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of selling controlled substances and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.   

Currie was held in the Columbus County jail under a $104,000 secure bond and was scheduled to appear in court Oct. 24.   

Investigators were looking for a homicide suspect at 735 Mitchell Field Road, Clarkton, when they found the illegal club, drugs and weapons. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office and ALE conducted a search of Club Moan.  

Multiple cases of beer were sitting on the bar and two coolers were full of various malt beverages, more than the legal amount of alcohol allowed by law for an individual to possess on his property.   A vehicle on the property was searched with consent and agents found two loaded handguns, three loaded rifles, 159 grams of marijuana, 73 tablets of Naproxen, 80 of Oxycodone, six of Alprazolam, 41 of Opana, three cases of beer, 20 bottles of liquor and $16,613 in cash.  Currie took responsibility for the items located in the vehicle.  

Anyone with knowledge about illegal clubs or other establishments that negatively impact the community is being asked to contact state or local law enforcement.  Strong partnerships between law enforcement and communities are proving to be effective ways to enhance residents’ quality of life.