Oxford police raid nets alcohol infractions

Jun. 07, 2013 @ 05:41 PM

OXFORD — Police and North Carolina alcohol enforcement officers raided J&J Wrecker Service at 401 Hillsboro St. Thursday as part of a months-long investigation into illegal substance trafficking.

Charged on possession and transport of untaxed alcohol counts are James Donnell Chavis, 62, and James Wilbur Jones, 64, both of Oxford.

According to written statements by Oxford Police Chief John Wolford, investigators executed a search warrant obtained after a four-month investigation focused on illegal drug trafficking and alcohol sales.

The investigation included controlled purchases arranged by the police department resulting in “numerous” monitored transactions at J&J Wrecker Service involving individuals who frequent the location.

Oxford Police Emergency Response Team members plus additional officers “descended on the business,” according to Wolford, in order to serve the warrant. He added his officers detained up to 12 persons initially, keeping them on hand as the search progressed.

Officers seized several dozen small bottles of alcoholic beverages that Wolford said were off the tax books. They also seized $3,032.25 in cash and a 2000 Chevrolet truck.

Oxford police served a second search warrant at Chavis’ 4025 West Antioch Drive residence, logging 28 one-gallon jugs and six half-gallon jars of non-taxed alcoholic beverage.

Wolford noted Davis as the owner of J&J Wrecker Service on Hillsboro St.

According to Wolford, a result of the alcohol related issues in the investigation is that state authorities will begin a process to revoke J&J Wrecker’s ABC permit that had been in place for many years.

Chavis is charged with two counts of possessing and transporting non-taxed alcoholic beverages, sale of alcoholic beverages without an ABC permit, allowing illegal conduct to occur on an ABC-licensed premises and maintaining a dwelling place to keep controlled substances.

Jones, of 4195 Shock Overton Road, is charged with possessing and transporting untaxed alcoholic beverages.

Wolford said that the investigation is ongoing, and further charges are pending.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.