Authorities raid Johnston County nightclub; 17 arrested
Posted November 23, 2013
Selma, N.C. — After a six-month investigation, officials with the state's Alcohol Law Enforcement office raided a Johnston County nightclub on Friday evening, charging 17 people with drug, alcohol and prostitution violations.
Officers with ALE, the Selma Police Department and Johnston County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at The Ranch, at 200 Graham St., at about 10:30 p.m. They found prescription pills, powder MDMA and cocaine.
ALE officials began looking into illegal activity at the nightclub six months ago after Selma Police Chief Charles Brown received several complaints.
According to investigators, employees were regularly selling illegal drugs, engaging in prostitution and other sex offenses and violating the alcoholic beverage control laws.
“Businesses that routinely engage in and facilitate criminal activity have a detrimental effect on communities and jeopardize the safety of North Carolina citizens,” B.W. Collier, director of Alcohol Law Enforcement, said in a statement. “Addressing these problem locations is one of the highest priorities of ALE.”
ALE said Saturday it will report the violations to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, which issued permits to The Ranch.
The investigation is ongoing, and officials said Saturday that more arrests are expected.
"This joint operation shows the good citizens of Selma we are not going to tolerate the illegal activities going on in this establishment or any other," Selma police captain R.A. Cooper said. "I believe this will send a message to any business in our town if you are engaging in criminal activity, you could be next."
The following people were charged:
- Gabrielle A. Graham, 19, of Clayton: Four counts of violating ABC laws
- Robert G. Blackmon, 49, of Kenly: Five counts of violating ABC laws
- Miguel A. Gonzalez, 44, of Goldsboro: Six counts of violating ABC laws
- Stephen L. Finch, 28, of Wilson: Two counts of violating ABC laws
- Matthew Lee Mayle, 37, of Raleigh: One count of violating ABC laws
- Tonia M. Mayle, 40, of Raleigh: One count of violating ABC laws
- Heather Darden, 24, of Goldsboro: 12 counts of violating ABC laws
- Leshae Niquile Doremus, 23, of Smithfield: One count each of solicit crime against nature, crime against nature, solicitation of prostitution, six counts of conspiracy to sell and deliver a controlled substance, three counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance and 74 counts of violating ABC laws
- Shiquita M. Council, 24, of Dunn: One count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, four counts of violating ABC laws
- Kristen Lynn Barnes, 24, of Clayton: 11 counts of violating ABC laws
- Bikramjit Singh, 52, of Smithfield: Two counts of keep, setup, maintain and operate a place and building for the purpose of prostitution and assignation
- Leah C. West, 28, of Selma: One count each of solicit crime against nature and solicitation for prostitution, 10 counts of violating ABC laws
- Danny Ray Dixon, 62, of Princeton: One count of violating ABC laws
- Filibert Rodriguez, 31, of Kenly: One count of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine
- Ebony Larose, 31, of Fayetteville: One count each of cocaine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia
- Brandy Soto, 19, of Four Oaks: One count of purchasing a mixed beverage while being less than 21
- Michelle Lee, 33, of Wendell: One count of selling a mixed beverage to a person under 21