Selma nightclub raid leads to prostitution, drug busts

From staff reportsNovember 23, 2013 

— State and local law enforcement agents raided a Selma nightclub on Friday night and charged 17 people with prostitution, drug and alcohol violations, officials said Saturday.

The 10:30 p.m. raid was the culmination of a six-month investigation that began when Selma police Chief Charles Bowen asked for help from the state Alcohol Law Enforcement looking into reports about illegal activities at The Ranch at 200 Graham St., authorities said.

ALE agents found employees selling drugs, engaging in prostitution and violating state alcohol beverage control laws, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. ALE will report the violations to the state board that issues alcohol permits.

The public safety agency said it is still an ongoing investigation and "numerous" additional arrests are expected. Agents seized prescription pills, powder MDMA and cocaine in the raid, which was assisted by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Department and the Selma Police Department.

Those charged range in age from 19 to 62, and live in Johnston, Harnett, Lee, Wayne and Wake counties.

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