Lenoir Police Department detectives in conjunction with agents from the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, conducted a joint operation investigating illegal activity related to ABC permitted establishments and surrounding areas in Lenoir.
“Operation Game Over” was launched on January 29, 2021 and was prompted by community
complaints involving gun and drug activity, as well as illegal gambling. The complaints involved two local Lenoir businesses: Gamewell Superette at 2830 Morganton Blvd. and Fastop at 215 Blowing Rock Blvd.
Search warrants were obtained for Gamewell Superette, in addition to a home located on Torrence Circle in Lenoir. As a result of the information and evidence gathered during the investigation, the Lenoir Police Department obtained arrest warrants for 40 suspects. Their charges ranged from Felony Gaming, Carrying a Concealed Weapon to Trafficking in Opium. At the time of this release of information, 26 of the 40 suspects were arrested, as well as an additional three individuals found to have outstanding Warrants for Arrest. Additionally, illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia were recovered during the operation.
The Lenoir Police Department and assisting agencies continue the work of apprehending the
remaining wanted suspects. Local and state agencies that assisted with the round-up included North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, North Carolina Probation and Parole and
the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.
Information concerning the suspects arrested and their respective charges will be provided as it becomes available.[News release from the Lenoir Police Department]