The Hoke County Sheriff’s Office shut down an alleged illegal nightclub in Shannon last week and arrested the owner on multiple drug charges.
The sheriff’s office received “numerous complaints” about an illegal nightclub operating on the 3100 block of Balfour Road in Shannon, according to a press release. The Hoke Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit executed a search warrant at the location April 17. Officers reportedly found 93 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 126 hydrocodone pills, 38 grams of marijuana and over $1,890 in cash at the building.
The nightclub was also operating in violation of Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities said.
Deputies arrested three people, including the alleged owner, on multiple criminal charges. Officers arrested Isaac Nesby, 51, of the 3100 block of Balfour Road in Shannon on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule II substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, felony maintaining a drug dwelling, misdemeanor possession/selling alcohol without a permit, felony conspiracy and violation of emergency prohibitions and restrictions; Mickey Locklear, 24, of the 11200 block of Rennert Road in Shannon on charges of misdemeanor possession/selling alcohol without a permit and felony conspiracy; and Caleb T. Harris, 22, of the 500 block of East 8th Street in Red Springs on charges of misdemeanor possession/selling alcohol without a permit and felony conspiracy.
“The investigation shows that Isaac Nesby (is) the owner of the illegal nightclub and has allowed this illegal business to be a problem and a nuisance to the community and the residents in that area,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
Nesby was held under a $500,000 secured bond. Harris and Locklear were held under $50,000 unsecured bonds.
“The Hoke County Sheriff’s Office will continue to investigate the current situation with the illegal nightclub and will continue to monitor any and all illegal activity moving forward,” the sheriff’s office said in a media release.