Agents raid multiple Fayetteville businesses; 28 arrested
Posted May 16, 2014
Updated May 17, 2014
Fayetteville, N.C. — Authorities investigating possible illegal drug and alcohol activity raided multiple bars in Fayetteville Friday evening.
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety; Alcohol Law Enforcement Division and the Fayetteville Police Department served search warrants at several adult businesses within Carolina Square on Bragg Boulevard.
According to authorities, the warrants were the result of a yearlong investigation that ended in 24 arrests and 262 criminal charges.
ALE officer Jason Locklear said Mickey's was a hot bed for illegal drug activity. In total, 19 employees were arrested.
"We bought from the manager, we bought from the security guard, we bought from the adult entertainers, we bought from the cook, we bought from the dishwashers, security guard, the person working behind the front door, the clerk, we bought from everyone inside of that place," he said.
Patrons that were inside of Mickey's during the raid were eventually released. A man, who wished to remain anonymous, described the scene as chaotic.
"The agents came in, said 'hit the ground,' a couple of us thought they were playing, got a good luck and realized they were not playing. They said 'hit the ground', put your hands behind your back," he said.
Locklear said they are going after other bars in the area as well.
"We know these supply guys are supplying the other bars, we've followed them to the other bars. We know the other bars and we are going to deal with those bars also," he said.