"It started because we found that individuals were selling tax-paid liquor on the street," said Joel Keith, chief of the law enforcement arm of the Wake County ABC Board.Keith
said people were selling cases of Seagram's Crown Royal for $120 a case, about half the ABC Store price, as well as other brands.
The liquor sold on the streets was coming from that warehouse, Keith
said."We checked all the Wake ABC stores, and they didn't have any missing inventory.It turned out they (the warehouse) was missing over 900 cases for the year."Keith
said the warehouse had omitted to tell anyone about the shortages.
...By this time, Keith and his agents had called upon Bryan Strickland, a counterfeit trademarks investigator with the N.C. Secretary of State office.
Nelson Ross did a tremendous job," Keith
Late in March, agents had enough evidence for a search warrant for both Wright's residence and the storage building in Rolesville.
"We found over $10,000 in cash and over $10,000 in uncashed checks," Keith
said."I was amazed at the amount of money."The checks were made out to VeeGee, Wright's company
They also seized more than 11,000 counterfeit tapes and discs with an estimated retail value of $100,000.Keith
said the tapes and discs had been selling in the stores for about half the cost of the real product.
"They would take orders," Keith
said Myrick, who lives at 5001 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, and Young have confessed and have been charged with larceny.