GOLDSBORO — State, county and local law officers in Wayne County swarmed into a Goldsboro restaurant last month and arrested 21 people, including the restaurant owner and his wife, on drug and alcohol charges, authorities announced today.
The raid occurred during the predawn hours on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Lamars Mexican Restaurant, the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement said in a press release.
Special agents with ALE charged the restaurant owner, Cesar Lamar of Goldsboro, with selling alcohol after hours, allowing alcohol and substance abuse violations to occur and failure to supervise an establishment licensed by Alcohol Beverage Control, according to the press statement.
The agents also charged Lamar's wife, Claudia Lamar, with the sale of alcohol after hours. Claudia Lamar worked as a bartender in the restaurant, the agents reported.
The ALE agents were joined in the drug and alcohol bust by officers with the state division of motor vehicles, Wayne County ALE and the Goldsboro Police Department.
In addition to the illicit sale of alcohol by the owner and his wife, the agents also found 16 grams of cocaine, six grams of methamphetamine, one gram of marijuana and a handgun, authorities reported.
The agents also charged the following:
* Ana Lopez of Dudley, a bartender, with the sale of alcohol after hours. * Angel Deleon, Dudley, with possession of cocaine. * Alec Grant, Goldsboro, with obstructing a law enforcement officer from doing his duty. * Omar Salasar, Mount Olive, with possession of a fraudulent North Carolina identification card.
The agents charged 14 more people with consuming alcohol after hours. They also identified and documented five gang members, according to the press release.
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