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Agents arrest 8 at Wadesboro night club

WADESBORO – Local and state agents arrested eight people and said they shut down an Anson County night club during a raid Sunday.

The N.C. Department of Public Safety said it had shut down Npressions, a Wadesboro establishment which has been the subject of at least one previous raid by law enforcement officials.

Authorities said two people, including owner Jefferson Andre Rivers, were arrested on warrants. Six others were cited and released on alcohol, gun or drug charges, authorities said.

Npressions, at 317 East Caswell Street, was raided once on charges of operating without required Alcoholic Beverage Control permits.

In Sunday’s raid, ALE agents confiscated 268 liters of alcoholic beverages; 3 grams of marijuana; a gun; $225 in cash; several TV sets; and digital video and audio equipment.

The state officers were joined by Wadesboro police and the Anson County Sheriff’s Office.

“This is a problem area that we have been dealing with for several years,” Wadesboro police Chief Thedis Spencer said. “I appreciate the assistance of ALE and all the agents who came to help.”

State officials said agents from ALE’s Charlotte, Conover, Greensboro and Fayetteville districts, plus the agency’s Special Operations Group, participated in the raid.

“Illegal night clubs typically breed more crime,” said Department of Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan. “The public is safer with combined state and local law enforcement efforts like this one.”

Rivers, 39, of Wadesboro, was charged with three counts of possession of alcohol for sale without an ABC permit; three counts of allowing the possession or consumption of spirituous liquor on premises not authorized; and two counts of maintaining a business that was resorted to by persons using marijuana.

Npressions bartender Bernea Ennea Ford, 35, of Wadesboro, was charged with two counts of selling alcohol without ABC permits.

Npressions was licensed by the state ABC Commission in 2010, but the club’s permits then were rejected due to what state officials said were fire, safety and alcohol violations. The club reopened illegally in 2011, state officials say, and Rivers was charged with operating a club without a permit.

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