200+ People Facing Charges After Greenville ALE Operation

More than 200 people are facing charges, most involving underage drinking, after a special operation last week in Greenville.

Officials report North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents and Pitt County Alcoholic Beverage Control officers cited or arrested 202 people on 246 charges.

They report agents found alcohol violations at a residence and a business that were selling alcohol illegally and detected violations at three ABC licensed establishments.

Here's the information from the Governor's office:

"About 11:30 p.m. on April 14, ALE agents and ABC officers executed a search warrant at 1209 Forbes St., Greenville, and charged four residents: James Reeves Sasser, 19; Jonathan Lyle Colbert, 19; Sean Veneziano, 20; and Jordan Butler, 20. They were charged with aiding and abetting underage in obtaining malt beverages and spirituous liquor, selling alcohol without first obtaining the applicable ABC permits and revenue licenses, and underage possession of malt beverages. Veneziano and Butler were also charged with possession for sale of alcohol without first obtaining the applicable ABC permits and revenue licenses.

On April 16, ALE agents and ABC officers executed a search warrant at a business located at 807 Dickinson Ave., Greenville. Grossie Smith Jackson was charged with selling and possession for sale alcoholic beverages without first obtaining the applicable ABC permits and revenue licenses.

In addition, charges were made at three Greenville nightclubs on ABC violations of selling alcohol to persons less than 21 years of age. The clubs include Rehab Lounge at 218 East 5th St., Still Life at 511 Cotanche St. and Rumors at 417 Cotanche St."

Officials report the following arrests or citations were made during the operation: Give alcohol to underage persons, being over 21 years of age, aid or abet an underage person in possession of alcohol, being less than 21 years of age, aid or abet an underage person in purchase of alcohol, possession of alcohol by a 19/20 year old, possession of alcohol by underage person, purchase alcohol by underage person, sales of alcohol to underage person, being underage attempt to purchase alcohol, underage consumption of alcohol, consume on an off premise location, unlawful possession of spirituous liquor, sell alcohol without the appropriate ABC permits and revenue licenses, possess for sale alcohol without the appropriate ABC permits and revenue licenses, display a fictitious identification, possession of fictitious identification, use of a fictitious identification to purchase alcohol and/or enter a place where alcohol is sold/consumed, drive after consuming alcohol with open container, drive with open container of alcohol in passenger area, transport spirituous liquor with a broken seal, expired registration, no operator’s license, vehicle inspection violation, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, assault on a government official, resist, delay and obstruct, damage to personal property and operate a vehicle with an open container.

The following arrests or citations were made during the operation:
9 Give alcohol to underage persons
3 Being over 21 years of age, aid or abet an underage person in possession of alcohol
11 Being less than 21 years of age, aid or abet an underage person in purchase of alcohol
38 Possession of alcohol by a 19/20 year old
37 Possession of alcohol by underage person
7 Purchase alcohol by underage person
2 Sales of alcohol to underage person
1 Being underage attempt to purchase alcohol
65 Underage consumption of alcohol
1 Consume on an off premise location
3 Unlawful possession of spirituous liquor
5 Sell alcohol without the appropriate ABC permits and revenue licenses
3 Possess for sale alcohol without the appropriate ABC permits and revenue licenses
1 Display a fictitious identification
6 Possession of fictitious identification
25 Use of a fictitious identification to purchase alcohol and/or enter a place where alcohol is sold/consumed
2 Drive after consuming alcohol with open container
5 Drive with open container of alcohol in passenger area
1 Transport spirituous liquor with a broken seal
2 Expired registration
1 No operator's license
1 Vehicle inspection violation
7 Misdemeanor possession of marijuana
6 Possession of drug paraphernalia
1 Assault on a government official
1 Resist, delay and obstruct
1 Damage to personal property
1 Operate a vehicle with an open container


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  • by Bertie on Apr 26, 2011 at 02:35 PM
    Checkpoints are unconstitutional.
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      by Dar on Apr 26, 2011 at 07:43 PM in reply to Bertie
      Try attending one sober & you will see the good work it accomplishes. If you obey the laws Bertie, then you have nothing to worry about.
  • by adlkfjsdl;akfsa on Apr 24, 2011 at 06:21 PM
    ale is garbage. law enforcement needs to be more involved in taking out the trap houses on the otherside of downtown. now thats where real crimes are commited and idk but people on meth seem to be more dangerous in the long run. but i am against drinking and driving tho. instead of looking for young people that might be underage and drunk they can shift all their attention and manpower to makeing sure no one over the limit gets in a car. that sounds more reasonable to me.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 24, 2011 at 06:12 PM
    get a clue.....get a clue there are not 8th and 9th graders invited to parties. being 21 and apart of the college scene for more than 3 years i have never met anyone that would even appear to be under the age of 17 at a college party. and for your information probably 98.7% of the people that got tickets are between the age of 18-20. good try tho
  • by Vickie Location: Grimesland on Apr 23, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    It amazes me how some posters are crying foul on GPD,by constantly saying they do not do enough to deter crime...well when they do,those same ones are crying again,to get a life or find something better to do!Most of the time one crime follows another.We can't keep saying "well,when I was a kid,we could drink",etc.,etc.This isn't the rural road driving 70's anymore.Most people are not even from our area,and don't know our roads,which makes no difference.It's about stopping what could potentially be a bugger problem long term,such as DWI,Hit and run,failing grades,killing someone,or even addiction.GOOD JOB GPD!!!!
  • by Get a clue Location: Greenville on Apr 22, 2011 at 09:04 PM
    The ALE does need to do this! If yu knew how many 8 th and 9th graders in Greenvile are invite to parties at North Campus Crossing and other college apts. for parties you would be shocked. Some how their parents never seem to know they are there. How may more deaths do we have to have to have in this town before we admit underage drinking is a problem?
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      by adlkfjsdl;akfsa on Apr 24, 2011 at 06:23 PM in reply to Get a clue
      your and idiot...theres no 8th and 9th graders at parties at ecu. ive been to amillion and not once have i ever seen or even thought that it would be possible. unless you have concrete evidence (which is highly doubtful) you need to rethink what you said. maybe 12th graders yea id understand but not 8th and 9th graders
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        by wtf on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:53 PM in reply to adlkfjsdl;akfsa
        If you see 8th and 9th graders at a ecu party then you are a creeper and probably a pedophile. you guys are weird.
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      by David on Jun 19, 2011 at 11:25 PM in reply to Get a clue
      As a 20 year old student who goes to ECU and was apart of this whole crack down, I can honestly say that I have never seen anyone under the age of 17 at a party...and I barely ever see 17 year olds at parties..I don't know what kind of parties you've been seeing....
  • by Puff Daddy Location: BoCo on Apr 22, 2011 at 08:55 PM
    Sorry to hear about your sister pal..but,you miss the point entirely.If this person had been drinking a Pepsi at that time are you going to blame soft drinks on her demise? You need to comprehend my wordage..I said directly responsible..not indirectly.There have been more people die in history in the name of God than any other one reason."IF" there were an actual God, I dont think he would condone such behavior ? That is an example of being indirectly responsible. SOOOOO..before you spout off next time..get a clue..TARD..just saying.
  • by Class of '78 on Apr 22, 2011 at 07:53 PM
    We use to have organized keg socials in the dorm lobbies. The only place there was much concern about serious crime was on the west side of G'ville. Seldom saw any outside cops on the hill. The ALE guys spent $1,000. each for pistols that were defective. Surely they can find a better way to pass their time while collecting my tax money. Oh, I forgot. They got to feel up the young girls.
  • by Biscuit Location: NC on Apr 22, 2011 at 06:33 PM
    Lower the drinking age to 18, like it used to be and raise the voting age to 21,like it used to be.
  • by myself on Apr 22, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    I've lived here my entire life, and in the last 5 years I have never felt as unsafe, as I do right now in this town. Cops won't respond to car accidents like the one I had 3 years ago, because they are "babysitting" the college kids. Let the ECU Police do that, that's their job. Gville PD needs to work on shootings, crime, break ins, rapes, murders, etc. I now have a child and am thinking of moving away because it's gotten so bad. In 2008 I got in a car accident, called 911, waited 15 minutes, exchanged insurance info with the guy, THEN 15 minutes later AFTER I had gotten to my apartment, the Gville PD called me back to tell me they were too busy to respond. Glad I wasn't hurt or dead.
  • by Tired Location: Greenville on Apr 22, 2011 at 03:21 PM
    ALE serves no purpose other than giving old, fat, disgusting men a chance to put their hands on 18 year old girls. The same type of girls who rejected them in the past. The ALE officers are a sad, pathetic joke and I have told them to their faces. ALE officers are police rejects who are not only pathetic on the job, but most likely miserable at home.
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      by Me on Apr 26, 2011 at 06:48 AM in reply to Tired
      And I guess if your brother, who was an awesome law enforcement officer, was an agent who risks his life daily then you would say the same thing?
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        by David on Jun 19, 2011 at 11:28 PM in reply to Me
        Risking their life for busting underage college kids for drinking...yea that's what they're doing
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