3 NC State Fair employees arrested on drug charges, minors cited for underage drinking


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Three North Carolina State Fair employees were arrested on drug charges and another individual was cited for drug possession, according to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.

Two minors who attended the fair were cited for underage drinking, deputies say.

Deputies patrolling the fairgrounds happened to find them. A deputy noticed a strong odor coming from a trailer while making the rounds.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Eric Curry confirmed that the sheriff’s office did background checks on all three of the workers and noted that background checks will continue for all future fair workers.

He didn’t say in what capacity the suspects were working at the fair. 

Deputies are on the grounds overnight in addition to during regular fair hours.

“Because you have people out here on rides, playing games. You have young kids out here. I mean, it’s just a disaster waiting to happen,” said Stephen McNair, who said he’s previously worked at the State Fair. 

Miguel Gonzalez, 40, is charged with felony possession with intent to sell and distribute marijuana.

Jonathan Christen, 30, is charged with felony possession of marijuana.

Bridgette Brewer, 34, is charged with felony possession of marijuana.

All three are being held in the Wake County Detention Center.

Alayah Pearson, 19, also received a citation for being in possession of marijuana.

Andrea Ashby, a spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, said all had been let go from their jobs at the fair.

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