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Posted: 5:16 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013
MONROE, N.C. —
Police in Monroe said they have busted one of the most notorious houses in the city for illegal liquor and gambling.Officers raided the home at 105 Jones Street on Saturday night after what they described as years’ worth of complaints by neighbors.Police said the bust started when someone from the home called 911, reporting a car had hit the house.When officers arrived, they didn't find much damage, but did find an opportunity."That opened a door for us to be able to do a search warrant with the items that were seen during the initial investigation," said Lt. TJ Goforth with Monroe police.Goforth said inside officers discovered drugs, gambling ledgers and papers, and evidence of illegal alcohol sales."There was a bar where they were serving alcohol from, there was a fridge to keep the drinks cold for the patrons," Goforth said.When Channel 9 went to the home today, Keith Oxner answered the door and denied any criminal activities in the home."It's a birthday club. All the neighbors come in here," said Oxner, who also said he had never sold alcohol for profit.Officers have raided the home in 2003 and 2007, and twice arrested Oxner on various alcohol and drug violations. Both times, Oxner has reached a plea deal and received only probation.This time, police said they hope the charges stick and Oxner gets jail time.
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