Local restaurant owner faces drug charges in Wake County

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Two Wilmington men are among 65 people facing charges after agents with N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement raided a concert in Raleigh.

Bradley Hamilton Corpening, 31, and Matthew Ryan Beckelhimer, 33, were charged Aug. 14 with felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance and other drug charges, according to N. C. Alcohol Law Enforcement’s District IV Special Agent in Charge Jeff Lasater.

Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) agents conducted a special enforcement operation targeting illegal drugs and alcohol violations at the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, Lasater said. Agents had received several complaints involving underage drinking and drugs at the vehicles. Since Walnut Creek has alcohol permits, ALE is the agency to conduct these types of investigations, he added.

Corpening and Beckelhimer were among 65 arrested people resulting in 115 charges, including 25 felony charges on Friday, Lasater said.

Phish was the main act at the venue on Aug. 15, according to the band’s website.

Corpening was charged with felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance (mushrooms), misdemeanor possession of marijuana in a detention center and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Lasater. He was booked at the Wake County Jail and released under a $20,000 secured bond Aug. 15, according to jail records.

Corpening is an owner of Chop’s Deli, which has three locations in Wilmington.

Beckelhimer was charged with felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance (mushrooms), misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked at the Wake County Jail under a $15,000 secured bond and later released.