ALE Issues Two Citations In Benson During Recent Raid

Warrants served, illegal distillery located.

By RICK CURL

Of The Record

Staff A Friday night raid netted two suspects in the Benson area and brought down an illegal distillery. It came as a part of a statewide effort by Alcohol Law Enforcement agents to curb the distribution of illegal liquor and help alleviate some of the recent incidents that have led to multiple injuries and deaths in nightclubs across North Carolina.

According to N.C. ALE Public Information Officer Patty Mc-Quillan, ALE agents served a search warrant on a Benson residence and arrested an Aberdeen man in the parking lot of a convenience store.

Agents served a search warrant at the Beasley Road residence of Samuel Kitrell, 71, for possession of non-taxpaid alcohol.

Also cited the same night was John David Paschal, 36, of Aberdeen on charges of possessing ingredients or equipment intended for use in the manufacture of an alcoholic beverage, without first obtaining the applicable ABC permit and revenue license.

The citation was issued in the parking lot of the Short Stop convenience store located at the intersection of N.C. 242 and N.C. 50 after agents located a small distillery in Mr. Paschal’s possession.

Friday’s raids came in the wake of a rash of seven fatal shootings at nightspots and clubs across the statte since the middle of November.

Both men located in Friday’s raid in Benson were given the citations and released.

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