226 people have been arrested on alcohol, drug, and other charges as part of a statewide crackdown made by the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement on August 24.
The arrests resulted in 382 charges including 141 alcoholic beverage-related charges, 134 drug-related charges, and 31 felonies.
Four firearms were seized across the state, along with various amounts and types of controlled substances.
ALE special agents will submit violation reports to N.C. ABC Commission documenting regulatory and/or law violations they observed at 13 ABC-permitted businesses.
The violations could result in fines, suspensions or revocations of the ABC permits.
The counties in which this operation was conducted included: Jackson, Pitt, Wake, Orange, Durham, Forsyth, Madison, Cumberland, Alamance, Buncombe, Mecklenburg, Iredell, Catawba and New Hanover.
The operation was in partnership with the State Bureau of Investigation, the State Highway Patrol, the Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau, N.C. Wildlife Resource Officers, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, county sheriff’s offices, municipal police departments, and other law enforcement partners.
“ALE special agents constantly work towards public safety everywhere alcohol is sold.” said Terrance Merriweather, head of Alcohol Law Enforcement. “Operations such as this use every ALE agent in the state as well as our law enforcement partners to achieve this goal. Addressing violence is one important part of this objective.”