"Our informant explained to us that they used red cups and people paid certain amounts for beer and certain amounts for a shot," Webster said. "When we raided it, we found a whole lot of liquor and red cups consistent with what the informant told us."
Armstrong and Laughlin told police that they did not sell alcohol illegally and patrons brought their own to the shop. Webster said there's overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
"They are kind of thumbing their nose up at us," he said. "Like they wouldn't let us in the other day, that's why we had to break their window to get in. We didn't want to do that."
Police said about 50 people were inside the shop when they raided it early Sunday. Police recovered at least one gun that was reported stolen, Webster said. Armstrong and Laughlin are being held in South Central Regional Jail.
They had requested a month to clean out their business, but Sisson said 15 days was enough to move their furniture and equipment. Armstrong asked about money he invested in renovations at the shop and Sisson told him to raise the matter in civil court.
Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.