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Illegal Durham liquor houses raided

Posted March 25, 2011 10:57 a.m. EDT
Updated March 25, 2011 10:58 a.m. EDT

— The state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement has charged eight people with running illegal liquor houses in Durham, authorities said Friday.

ALE agents and Durham police raided six locations a week ago after a three-month investigation, authorities said. Complaints from neighbors prompted the investigation.

Beer, liquor, non-tax paid liquor, marijuana, prescription medications, gambling paraphernalia and cash were seized from 605 Canal St., 1412 Fay St., 907 Drew St., Apt. B, 1512 N. Hyde Park Ave., 519 E. Main St., Apt 102 and 1107 Lowry St.

“These illegal bars and clubs are used by local drug dealers to sell illegal controlled substances and are a major source of criminal activity in the community.” ALE Special Agent-in-Charge Jeff Lasater said in a statement.

Most of those arrested were charged with possessing and selling alcohol without a permit from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.