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BLADENBORO — A worldwide tipster helped law enforcement officers make four arrests early Sunday morning after months of investigation into a backyard nightclub operation in Bladenboro.
That tipster was social media, which showed announcements of parties being hosted at the property.​
According to a report from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Alcohol Law Enforcement agency, complaints led area investigators to keep a watch on activities taking place at 1622 Butler Mill Road. On Saturday at about midnight, law enforcement officers from several agencies executed a search warrant on the premises.
What they found was more than the complaints had led them to expect.
“The complaints included selling spirituous liquor and beer without permits, underage patrons being served and controlled substance use …” said D.J. Hales, a special agent in charge for N.C. ALE.
Along with those charges, additional charges included operating a bawdy house and weapons charges.
Chief Chris Hunt with the Bladenboro Police Department said illegal narcotics found, along with more than 30 weapons — including semi-automatic and an assault rifle.
The weekend arrests included:
— Morris K. Bellamy Jr. of Bladenboro, charged with operating a bawdy house and selling alcohol without permits.
— Timothy D. McDowell of Elizabethtown, charged with possession of marijuana, as well as resist, delay and obstruct.
— Desmond Bordeaux of White Oak, charged with resist, delay and obstruct, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia.
— Michael P. Smith of Whiteville, charged with carrying a concealed handgun.
Hunt said the Bladen County Fire Marshal's Office issued citations on the building where the nightclub was being held, which Hunt described as a backyard barn.
In addition to the firearms, investigators confiscated several bags of marijuana, prescription pills, drug paraphernalia, liquor, win and beer.
Hales said the investigation is continuing and additional arrests are pending.
Assisting ALE in the investigation were officers with Bladenboro Police Department, Elizabethtown Police Department, Clarkton Police Department, Bladen County Sheriff's Office, Bladen County Fire Marshal's Office and N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission
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