In the midst of a pandemic, Hoke County Sheriff’s Office deputies reportedly found 240 people inside of a private club on Rockfish Road and arrested the owner on several charges.
Investigators arrested Samuel McGill Jr., 48, of the 200 block of Moorea Drive in Raeford on charges including maintaining a drug dwelling, and misdemeanor ABC violations and fire code violations.
Deputies with the Hoke Sheriff’s Office, Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) and the Hoke County Fire Marshal conducted an inspection November 21 at the Marke Venue Club, located at 7599 Rockfish Road, according to a press release.
“When Hoke County Sheriff Deputies entered the location, they detected heavy marijuana smoke and over 240 people in the building,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release. “During the inspection, marijuana blunts and suspected cocaine was located. The Fire Marshal also located violations in the club.”
Currently there is a statewide limit on how many people can attend an indoor gathering. The indoor gathering limit is in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, which has led to the deaths of thousands of people in North Carolina, including 30 people in Hoke County.
McGill was arrested, charged and released under a $20,000 unsecured bond, according to the sheriff’s office.