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Eight Arrested for Shot House Operations in Emporia

January 09, 2014

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Eight Arrested for Shot House Operations in Emporia

  • Eight adults arrested for “shot house” operations.
  • ABC agents and Emporia Police with assistance from Virginia State Police, Greensville County Sheriff’s Office and Meherrin Drug Task Force execute five search warrants in Emporia.

A joint enforcement effort of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Emporia Police Department, assisted by Virginia State Police, Greensville County Sheriff’s Office  and Meherrin Drug Task Force, resulted in the arrest of eight adults in Emporia yesterday.

Following a two-month-long undercover investigation, law enforcement officials executed five search warrants in connection with the illegal sale of alcohol without a license in houses identified as “nip joints” or “shot houses” in the 200 block of Turner Street, 300 block of Park Avenue, 400 block of Gowin Street, 800 block of Belden Street and 200 block of Wadlow Street.

Those arrested include:

  • George W. Pitt, 72, for three misdemeanor charges of selling alcoholic beverages without a license, one misdemeanor charge of maintaining a common nuisance and one misdemeanor charge of possession of untaxed distilled spirits;
  • Mildred Davis, 83, for one misdemeanor charge of maintaining a common nuisance;
  • Andre Hicks, 46, for two misdemeanor charges of selling alcoholic beverages without a license and one misdemeanor charge of maintaining a common nuisance;
  • Donell Allen, 53, for three misdemeanor charges of selling alcoholic beverages without a license and one misdemeanor charge of maintaining a common nuisance;
  • Donald Wyche, 60, for one misdemeanor charge of selling alcoholic beverages without a license and one misdemeanor charge of maintaining a common nuisance;
  • Douglas Wyche, 60, for two misdemeanor charges of selling alcoholic beverages without a license and one misdemeanor charge of maintaining a common nuisance;
  • Lorraine Lambert, 55, for one misdemeanor charge of selling alcoholic beverages without a license and one misdemeanor charge of maintaining a common nuisance; and
  • James N. Lambert, 74, for two misdemeanor charges of selling alcoholic beverages without a license and one misdemeanor charge of maintaining a common nuisance.

All were released on their own recognizance.

ABC agents seized nearly $5,800 and a large amount of alcohol.

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The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing $1.7 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 344 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees 16,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now in its 80th year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.

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