CMPD Issues Several Citations For COVID-19 Violations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (News Release)Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s ABC Unit,  Mecklenburg County ABC, and North Carolina ALE continue to conduct multiple enforcement operations to ensure compliance with North Carolina’s COVID-19 related orders.  To date, approximately 822 ABC locations have been inspected.  As a part of these inspections, several repeat locations were addressed, and the following citations were issued:

Business Location Name Charge Charge
Hoppin Bar 140 Winnifred Street Rich Moyer Citation COVID Violation
El Centenario 5920 N. Tryon street Kevin Galyan Citation COVID Violation

In addition to lawful ABC establishments, there have also been several incidents involving illegal parties without alcohol permits.  Below are a few highlights from these cases:

  • On September 2, 2020, officers notified CMPD ABC detectives about an illegal party located at 4208 South Blvd.  Upon arrival, officers located 70-80 patrons inside with an active disc jockey.  Keiry Janin Matute was found to be the responsible vendor and charged with City of Charlotte Dance Hall Violation and North Carolina Governor’s Executive Order violations. As a result, 187 liters of liquor were seized.
  • On September 3, 2020, detectives responded to 350 Lounge Reloaded located at 7030 Smiths Corners Blvd in reference to an online advertisement for a party.  This location, which does not have a valid ABC permit, was found to be selling alcohol.  The owner, Tim Degree, was issued a citation for Selling Alcohol Without Permits.
  • On September 4, 2020, detectives responded to 5634 Camelot Drive in reference to reports of a large party.  Upon arrival, officers observed a large crowd and determined the residence to be an Airbnb rental.  Officers spoke with the property owner, who terminated the rental agreement.  All parties left the residence without further incident.
  • On September 5, 2020, detectives located an illegal party advertisement for the residence located at 4814 Sunburst Lane.  Upon arrival,  officers spoke with the person in charge and issued a citation for a City of Charlotte Dance Hall Violation.  While ensuring the safe exit of all patrons, officers heard approximately 13 gunshots in the immediate area.  Although no victims or suspects were located, the proactive actions of these officers prevented further escalation of violence.