Wednesday night, state and local authorities made eight arrests on 100 felony and misdemeanor charges for drug and alcohol violations at the Gentlemen’s Playhouse, an ABC-licensed club in Selma.
The club owner, property owner, bartender, DJ and security guard were among those charged.
In March of 2019, ALE and the Selma Police Department began a joint investigation after receiving complaints of employees buying, selling, and using drugs in the establishment, selling alcohol to underage patrons, and consuming alcohol while on duty. Over the next two months, undercover ALE special agents made numerous controlled purchases of cocaine, marijuana, and illegal alcohol from employees.
This was not the business’s first run-in with ALE. In 2013, ALE conducted a similar undercover operation which netted 32 arrests of both employees and patrons for various drug and alcohol violations. The ABC permits were cancelled, but new permits were issued in 2015.
ALE, Selma Police Department, Smithfield Police Department and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the operation.
The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. The following individuals were charged:
Brittany Nicole Boswell, 20, was charged with: underage possession of alcohol and misdemeanor simple possession of marijuana.
Shana Renee Richardson, 30, was charged with: 38 counts of felony possession with the intent to sell and deliver (PWISD) controlled substances, eight counts of misdemeanor failure to superintend an ABC-licensed premises, and one count of sale of an alcoholic beverage to a minor.
Daniel Charles Myers, 30, was charged with: two counts of felony PWISD cocaine, and two counts of felony conspiracy to sell and deliver cocaine.
Krishan Lal, 68, was charged with: six counts of misdemeanor failure to superintend an ABC-licensed premises.
Jasbir Singh Sandhu, 58, was charged with: six counts of misdemeanor failure to superintend an ABC-licensed premises.
Robert Earl Hill, 42, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor failure to superintend an ABC-licensed premises.
Jemel Deshone Boylan, 33, was charged with: 32 counts of felony PWISD controlled substances.
James Elijah Tart, 26, was charged with: 1 count of PWISD methamphetamines.