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On March 1 and 2, North Carolina authorities arrested more than 120 people on suspicion of participating in drug, alcohol, firearm and gambling crimes. The law enforcement sweep was part of a statewide effort to eliminate illegal activities at establishments that sell alcohol.

According to a press release issued by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, agents from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation's Alcohol Law Enforcement division raided various locations that sell alcohol. Some of the establishments have alcohol licenses, but others were selling it illegally. During the raids, agents executed eight search warrants and seized 14 firearms, an unspecified amount of controlled substances and over $13,000 in cash. Two illegal distilleries were also discovered and shut down.

In total, around 123 people were arrested and slapped with approximately 237 charges. Of those charges, 93 were alcohol-related, 77 were drug-related and six involved illegal gambling. Two of the defendants were taken into custody for the alleged manufacture and sale of moonshine. One of those defendants was also a felon found in the unlawful possession of a firearm. Establishments that committed violations could be assessed fines and have their alcohol permits suspended or revoked. Agents raided establishments in more than a dozen counties.

People who are facing state drug charges could help their case by exercising their right to remain silent and consulting with a criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible. The attorney could review the charges and recommend the best defense strategy given the circumstances.

Source: ABC 11, "Over 100 arrested, 220 charged in statewide Alcohol Law Enforcement operation in North Carolina", DeJuan Hoggard, March 3, 2019

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