State and county officials on Friday found drugs and weapons during a raid of an Iredell County man’s home that was being used as an illegal strip club, authorities said.
The N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement, N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau and the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Buster’s Strip Club, 667 Bethesda Road, southeast of Statesville.
According to a press release from the N.C. Department of Public Safety, the club was “an illegal adult entertainment nightclub.” County property records show the building is a single-family residential home owned by David Lee Yates Jr.
The release called Yates the owner and operator of the club. He was the only person in the building when law enforcement arrived to search.
Investigators found and seized spirituous liquor, malt beverages and marijuana from the home, the release said. They also found multiple weapons, but didn’t specify which kind.
Yates, 58, was charged with selling alcoholic beverages without obtaining a license from the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.
The investigation began after anonymous complaints from the community against the home came to ALE special agents.
“These locations attract individuals who buy and sell illegal controlled substances, weapons and violence which puts a strain on local law enforcement services,” Meredith Shoaf, ALE assistant special agent in charge, said in a statement. “This is part of ALE’s Community Betterment initiative which partners with local law enforcement to help shut down these types of locations and improve the quality of life within a community.”
ALE agents have the authority to arrest and take investigatory action for any criminal offense, the release said. Their primary responsibility is the enforcement of Alcoholic Beverage Control laws and state lottery laws.
Yate’s mugshot and bond amount was not immediately available.