by: Tina Terry Updated:
SALISBURY, N.C. - Undercover agents stormed a Salisbury motel where customers and employees were bringing people to the hotel to buy and take drugs, according to police.
Salisbury police took nearly 160 complaints from people who had noticed drug activity at the Economy Inn, so officers decided to send in undercover agents to investigate.
Detectives said the Economy Inn on Bendix Drive was the perfect cover for drug dealers.
Agents stormed the hotel Thursday after a two-month undercover investigation, where they filed 50 felony charges.
Some included hotel staff members who are accused of buying, selling and taking drugs.
Detectives said the dealers were living in hotel rooms, selling drugs to a constant flow of visitors who drove in just for drugs like cocaine and marijuana.
They said the suspects courted others to stay at the hotel and take drugs.
The motel owner's wife said she and her husband had no idea of the drug problems.
Police said the owner was cited by the city for several code violations.
People staying at a nearby hotel were surprised to hear about what was happening at the motel.
Police said the owner has been compliant and willing to work with them. Police and city staff will meet with him in a few weeks to talk more about fixing some of the code violations.