The unit was established to protect employees and property of the ABC Board, control the flow of illegal alcohol, illegal drink houses, illegal transport, and makers of illegal alcohol.

Law Enforcement agents may arrest for any criminal offense, although the primary responsibility is to enforce the ABC and Drug Laws. Chapter 18B and Article 5, Chapter 90 relating to the Control Substance Act (drugs).

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Enforcement office is located at 3127 Starlight Drive, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27107. They employee six officers that include the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Initiates investigations of possible violations of laws regulating the manufacturing, transporting, storage, or sale of alcoholic beverages.

  • Receives and investigates complaints and tips; establishes and maintains contacts with paid informants.
  • Provides security and protection for agency personnel and property; secures evidence, apprehends and assists in the prosecution of criminal offenders through the presentation of evidence in state and federal court.
  • Responds to calls for assistance, complaints, suspicious activity; completes calls by determining true nature of the situation and taking whatever legal or persuasive action is warranted.
  • Investigates and enforces the ABC Laws and Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General statutes and Title IV of the North Carolina Administrative Code.
  • Conducts surveillance of areas or places where illegal activity is suspected; searches areas where illegal distilleries or illegal drugs might be located and plans and participates in operations to apprehend criminals and seize evidence.
  • Patrols streets and highways to detect vehicles transporting illegal alcoholic beverages and arrests violators; searches and seizes evidence.
  • Conducts regular inspections of licensed premises to determine compliance with conditions of the permit.
  • Cooperates with other law enforcement agencies as needed.