Chief Chuck Hasty said at the scene on Julian R. Allsbrook Highway the search warrant was based on complaints of prostitution at the business.
He said investigators will be working in conjunction with the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy.
Asked whether undercover operations were used during investigation which led to the search warrant, Hasty said, “We used all investigative techniques available to us.”
As of this report no one had been arrested or carried away from the establishment. More information is expected to be forthcoming.
Hasty said investigators were collecting evidence from the establishment but he declined to elaborate.
Roanoke Rapids Planning and Development Director Kelly Lasky arrived at the scene as investigators were working.
After a 2011 investigation, Lasky said the planning department “made it clear” the business was not to be used as a residence.
She said in her observations inside the business today she saw two rooms which appeared to be bedrooms. “I can order removal of the beds,” she said, but added, “I’m not going to take any action until I get a comprehensive report.”
An October 3, 2011, letter from the planning department said the business can only operate within its business use application.
The therapeutic massage services stated in the 2011 application include Swedish massage, acupressure, deep tissue, reflexology, prenatal massage, hot stone massage, medical massage, medication massage, hydrokinetic treatment, body rub and sport massage.
The business hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week and any changes to the permit would require written authorization from the planning department, the letter written then stated.
The property is not to be used as a residence and the permit does not authorize or imply the use of the business as an adult establishment or sexually oriented business.