WGHP in Greensboro is reporting that 259 people were charged with alcohol, drug, firearm, driving and gambling offenses Friday night in a statewide operation, according to North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE). ALE says that local, state and federal agencies all assisted in the operation, targeting violence and illegal activity anywhere that sold alcohol in the state. ALE says they provided multiple educational programs to ABC-licensed businesses and employees in the weeks leading up to the operation. Included in the programs were training on common ABC laws, rules and regulations, responsible alcoholic beverage sales, recognizing fake IDs and best practices for deterring crime. Authorities say they executed nine search warrants throughout the state during the operation.