On Feb. 24, state Alcohol Law Enforcement agents, alleging that the site hosted illegal poker games, raided property maintained by Chad Nesbitt, a business owner and conservative activist who’s attracted controversy in the past. Read the search warrant for the raid here.
Nesbitt has denied the allegations, calling the raid “blatant intimidation” and claiming that it comes in response to his attempts to publicize alleged corruption in the District Attorney’s office.
It is unclear whether deputies from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the raid. Allen Page, the district supervisor for ALE, has said they were. But the Sheriff’s Office has no record of such involvement.
— David Forbes, staff writer