In the early morning hours of April 29, 2023, ALE special agents executed a search warrant at G-Loft, located at 900 West Hodges Street, Raleigh. G-Loft is an illegal adult entertainment business with a history of violence. The search warrant resulted in seven people being arrested on 18 criminal charges to include five felony charges. Assorted alcohol, marijuana, and four firearms were seized. One of the firearms seized contained evidence of modification which is still under investigation.
The investigation was prompted by a history of 9-1-1 calls to the Raleigh Police Department which included multiple shootings, homicides and complaints of illegal drug and alcohol activity. The Raleigh Police Department and Wake County ABC Law Enforcement assisted.
“The violence that has occurred at this location highlight the dangers that exist when the unlawful sales of alcohol, drug activity, and firearms coexist,” said Bryan House, Director of Alcohol Law Enforcement. “ALE special agents prioritize addressing these crimes to positively impact communities.”
“The Raleigh Police Department is proud to partner with other law enforcement agencies to reduce crime in our community,” said Estella D. Patterson, Police Chief of Raleigh Police Department. “The collaboration with Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) demonstrates our commitment to removing illegally possessed alcohol, firearms and drugs from night clubs and other establishments throughout the city of Raleigh. Last night’s arrests serve as a reminder that we will not condone illegal activities in our community,” said Chief Patterson.
The operators of G-Loft, Damien Devon Holloway and Angela McLean, were each charged with maintaining a place for the use or sale of a controlled substance, a felony charge of attempting to evade taxes, possession of alcoholic beverages for sale without ABC permits, possession of non-taxpaid spirituous liquor and unauthorized possession/consumption of spiritous liquor.
Additional subjects charged included:
* Larry D. Jones, charged with performing armed security without being licensed.
* Justin Simmons, charged with performing armed security without being licensed and possession of firearm by a convicted felon.
* Gregory Holloway, charged with simple possession marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.
* Amber Roberts, charged with unauthorized possession of spirituous liquor.
* Brandon Ray, charged with simple possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon.
During the month of April alone, ALE has seized 34 illegally possessed firearms in and around unlawful and ABC permitted businesses across the state.
ALE’s 111 specially trained agents have the authority to arrest and take investigatory action throughout North Carolina. Their primary responsibility is the enforcement of Alcoholic Beverage Control, tobacco, state lottery and gambling laws.