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ALE is the lead enforcement agency for the state's alcoholic beverage control, lottery and tobacco laws. As such, ALE special agents target problem ABC-licensed and illegal establishments that serve as havens for violence, drugs, gang activity, organized crime, money laundering and other criminal activity.

The division's diverse and highly-skilled workforce is measured by the positive impact it makes on communities. ALE's 109 sworn special agents are peace officers authorized to investigate, arrest, and take enforcement action for any criminal offense with territorial jurisdiction throughout North Carolina.

The mission of the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division is to reduce crime and enhance public safety throughout the State of North Carolina. This mission is accomplished through the proactive, fair and consistent enforcement of the state laws related to alcoholic beverage control, gambling, tobacco, controlled substances, and nuisance abatement, as well as other criminal and regulatory matters in the interest of health and public safety.

ALE emphasizes working with local law enforcement agencies to provide solutions to community-based problems. ALE partners with sheriffs and police chiefs to spearhead enforcement operations aimed at making communities safer.

Report Violations by Email  or call 1-877-ALE-AGENT

District Offices

District Offices

Headquarters - Raleigh

3320 Garner Road
PO Box 29500
Raleigh, N.C. 27626      919-662-4500  |  919-662-4523 fax

Bryan House, Interim Director
Jason Locklear, Senior Special Agent in Charge for Administration

District I - Jacksonville

Serving Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender counties.

Special Agent in Charge Brent Massey
470 Dolphin Drive
Jacksonville, N.C. 28456      910-346-2121  |  910-346-3661 fax

District II - Greenville

Serving Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Wayne, Wilson and Washington counties.

Special Agent in Charge Eric Swain
1013 W.H. Smith Boulevard
Greenville, N.C. 27834     252-756-4755  |  252-756-4779 fax

District III - Fayetteville

Serving Bladen, Cumberland, Hoke, Lee, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland counties.

Special Agent in Charge Derwin Brayboy
414 Chicago Drive
Fayetteville, N.C. 28306      910-486-1262  |  910-486-1960 fax

District IV - Raleigh

Serving Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Orange, Person, Warren, Vance and Wake counties.

Special Agent in Charge Clay Joyner
1705 Tryon Park Drive
Raleigh, N.C. 27610     919-779-8188  |  919-779-8139 fax

District V - Greensboro

Serving Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham and Stokes counties.

Special Agent in Charge Rodney Beckom
501 Industrial Avenue
Greensboro, N.C. 27406      336-256-1362  |  336-256-1360 fax

District VI - Harrisburg

Serving Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties.

Special Agent in Charge Omar Qureshi
5994 Caldwell Park Drive
Harrisburg, N.C. 28075     980-781-3000  |  704-454-5376 fax

District VII - Hickory

Serving Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davie, Iredell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.

Special Agent in Charge Chess McQueen
1060 Zion Church Road
Hickory, N.C. 28602     828-294-2226  |  828-294-3932 fax

District VIII - Asheville

Serving Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey counties.

Special Agent in Charge Stacy Cox
900 Alliance Court
Asheville, N.C. 28806     828-670-5055  |  828-654-7332 fax

To File a Complaint or Commendation

If you feel you have been treated improperly by an ALE employee, or if you have a concern regarding the actions of an ALE employee, please call, write, or visit:

NC Alcohol Law Enforcement
ATTN: Professional Standards
Post Office Box 29500
3320 Garner Road
Raleigh, NC 27626-0500
919-662-4500

If you have observed a commendable action of or been assisted by an ALE employee and you wish to praise or commend the employee, please call, write, or visit:

NC Alcohol Law Enforcement
ATTN: Office of the Branch Head
Post Office Box 29500
3320 Garner Road
Raleigh, NC 27626-0500
919-662-4500

History

History

History of ALE

In 1909, North Carolina became the first state in the South to ban the sale and manufacture of alcoholic beverages, and the first to do so by popular Moonshine. A nationwide ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages began in 1920. Prohibition resulted in moonshining and rampant crime and corruption throughout the United States. Prohibition was repealed in 1933.

Alcohol enforcement varied greatly from one jurisdictionto the next, so in 1937 the NC General Assembly created the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.

The state legislature created statewide ABC enforcement as an arm of the State ABC in 1949.  Those working in this section were beer and wine inspectors with regulatory responsibilities and limited enforcement authority.  Inspectors were in plain clothes to work ABC outlets and track down illegal liquor stills across the state.ABC

In 1964, ABC enforcement inspectors became state ABC officers with full arrest powers for alcohol-related crimes.  Brown-bagging laws also went into effect about this time and state ABC officers transitioned to a full uniform for work.

Complaints from business owners said the uniforms hurt their businesses, As a result, ABC officers returned to wearing plain clothes around 1966 -1967.

Due to the variety and severity of crimes occurring at alcohol establishments, the N.C. General Assembly gave ABC officers full powers of arrest in 1971. State ABC officers were now re-sworn and issued new badges.

In 1977, the NC General Assembly created the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety and the ABC enforcement arm of ABC was transferred and named the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division.  ALE jurisdiction and authority was changed to include primary enforcement of alcohol and drug laws.  The officers were re-sworn as NC Alcohol Law Enforcement agents. John Brooks was the first director of Alcohol Law Enforcement.

ALE agents attended the NC Highway Patrol Academy from 1977 to 1979 before starting their own academy in 1980. In 1978 liquor-by-the-drink was approved in North Carolina and in 1986, the legal drinking age was raised from 19 to 21.

ALE received 13 new agents in 1994, the first manpower increase in 22 years. The total number of agents overseeing 15,000 ABC-licensed establishments was 117. The number of agents has been reduced to 109 while the number of ABC establishments has grown to over 18,000 outlets.

In 2014, ALE was moved under the NC State Bureau of Investigation as a branch agency. The agency was reassigned to the Department of Public Safety in 2019.

ALE Timeline   

     1920    Prohibition and moonshining resulted in rampant crime and corruption
     1933    Congress repealed prohibition, but enforcement was fragmented and varied greatly by county
     1937    North Carolina Legislature created State ABC Commission
     1949    Statewide ABC Enforcement Division created
     1971    ABC officers are given full powers of arrest
     1977    Crime Control and Public Safety formed; ALE created from ABC Enforcement
     1978    Liquor-by-the-drink approved in North Carolina
     1986    Legal drinking age raised to 21
     1994    First ALE manpower increase since 1972 (13 agents) 
     2014    ALE transferred to the State Bureau of Investigation
     2019    ALE transferred to the Department of Public Safety

Programs

Programs

ALE Programs

Alcohol Law Enforcement began a number of programs, from offering training to ABC businesses to closing down nuisance properties. ALE started the Be A Responsible Seller/Server (BARS) training program. BARS is an educational program offered to licensed ABC and NC Education Lottery permit holders and their employees. The BARS training began in the early 1980s and educates employees on topics such as how to spot underage and intoxicated people, how to properly check IDs, and how to tactfully refuse sales and service to intoxicated individuals. ALE conducts more than 500 BARS programs annually.

In 1994 ALE created the Nuisance Abatement Team to use civil statutes to abate properties that were sources of chronic criminal activity in communities. ALE partners with local law enforcement agencies to remove illegal shot houses, drug houses, and other illegal activities that are a detriment to the neighborhoods.

The Keys to Life program started in October 2001. This program is aimed at high school and college students to increase their awareness of the dangers of drinking alcohol, particularly during the prom and graduation seasons. A grant by the NC Governor's Highway Safety Program got the program started.