Eight arrested for shot house operations in Emporia

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 6:08 PM

RICHMOND –- Eight people were arrested in Emporia Wednesday 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.

The arrests were a joint enforcement effort from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and Emporia Police Department, assisted by Virginia State Police, Greensville County Sheriff’s Office and Meherrin Drug Task Force.
 

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