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ALE raids illegal nightclubs in Fayetteville, Roseboro

Posted March 6, 2013 3:20 p.m. EST

— Agents with the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement raided two nightclubs in Fayetteville and Roseboro over the weekend that authorities said were operating illegally, authorities said Wednesday.

A club operating under the names Bunny Ranch or Peter Rabbits, at 170 Willie Brown Road in Roseboro, has been the site of numerous shootings, some of which were fatal, authorities said. Local officials have called the club a danger and detriment to the community.

Frank Blackman Jr., 77, of Roseboro, allegedly operated the club. He was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, trafficking in opium, possession for sale alcohol and selling alcohol without a permit.

Roland Owens, 45, of Goldsboro, was charged with unauthorized possession of spirituous liquor. Seaun McDoe, 26, of Clinton, was charged with possession or marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

ALE agents and Sampson County deputies seized drugs, weapons, spirituous liquor and malt beverages in the raid, authorities said.

Agents also raided Club Riddimz, at 3000 Fort Bragg Road in Fayetteville. Authorities said the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission had revoked the clubs permits for repeated violent activity there.

Spirituous liquor, malt beverages, drugs and U.S. currency was seized in the raid, and several people trying to flee the club were apprehended.

Duane Kenyada Lytch, 36, of Fayetteville, and Rohan Trevor Moore, 33, of Hope Mills, allegedly operated the club. They were each charged with two counts of possessing for sale alcoholic beverages without the applicable ABC permit and two counts of unauthorized possession of spirituous liquor.

Seven other people were charged with drug or alcohol offenses, including one who was a fugitive of justice.