Authorities bust Pilot pub

By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Authorities brought down a “criminal enterprise” on Wednesday in Pilot Mountain.

Pilot Mountain Police Chief Darryl Bottoms said his department assisted N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement agents in serving a warrant at Pub 109 on West Main Street in Pilot Mountain.

Bottoms said his department and the A.L.E. served a warrant on the entity, which identifies itself as a private club on its Facebook page, at about 9 p.m. Wednesday night. The area of Main Street was blocked off as authorities served the warrant.

Bottoms noted authorities allege that drugs and illegal, non-taxed liquor were being sold at the venue.

“There will be numerous charges,” said Bottoms, who noted an explanation of specific charges might not be available until Friday.

“They were really running a criminal enterprise,” added Bottoms.

Bottoms said though authorities worked the case until about 4 a.m. on Thursday, Main Street was re-opened to traffic at about 1 a.m.

He said Wednesday night’s raid marked the end of an investigation dubbed Operation Mountain Gladiator, led by A.L.E. officials, which was underway for about a year prior to Wednesday’s’s events.

“We really just assisted them (the A.L.E.),” the police chief noted.

Bottoms added nobody was injured in the operation, though Surry County EMS officials were on stand-by throughout the duration of the night’s operation.

According to the club’s Facebook page, it was founded in January of 2015 and touts the “coldest beer in town.”

The property at which the club was operated, 109 West Main St., is owned by Lynn M. Templeton and Kathy C. George, according to Surry County property tax records.

Additional details will be published as they become available.

By Andy Winemiller

[email protected]

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

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