A strip club in Ohio bit off more than they could chew after losing its liquor license following an investigation that proved it allowed customers to use food stamps to buy lap dances and drugs.
During their five-month investigation, Ohio undercover agents used over $2,400 in food stamps to buy the dances, along with a variety of drugs including cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl.
According to reports, agents began the investigation into Twenty Two Fifty Inc., also known as Sharkey’s Bar, in May 2017, officially closing the entertainment establishment.
Criminal charges were filed against patrons and employees for drug trafficking, food stamp trafficking, distribution of heroin, aggravated shipment, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and illegal sexual activity.
Agents also filed 44 charges that were heard by the Liquor Control Commission, including drug sale, drug possession, engaging in sexual activity, solicitation, and food stamp trafficking. It remains unclear how the strip club was able to pull off its food stamp hustle, or how they got a food-stamp machine.
This is the second entertainment establishment liquor permit that has been revoked by the Liquor Control Commission, due to an investigation by the Ohio Investigating Unit, dealing with food stamps and drug trafficking. The other location, The Harem, lost its liquor license in May 2018 and was ordered to close for 12 months, after the judge granted a preliminary injunction after a 9-month long investigation.
In other crime news, a Florida couple was arrested last week after they were caught allegedly selling drugs out of a drive-thru window they constructed out of the side of their mobile home.
William Parrish Jr. and McKenzee Dobbs of Ocala, Florida, were arrested on August 23 after investigators raided their mobile home following reports of four drug overdoses in the area, WFTV reported.
Ocala Police said the couple had turned a kitchen window into a drive-thru so customers would not have to constantly enter and exit their home, potentially drawing unwanted attention, WFTV reported. The house had signs directing people where to drive and indicated whether it was open or closed, police said.
“We were seeing some overdose incidents that were happening in this particular area, specifically at this particular location,” said Ocala Police Capt. Steven Cuppy. “There [were] some heroin sales that were going on there. Subsequently, through the investigation, we were able to determine that product was laced with fentanyl.”
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Parrish, 32, was charged with driving under the influence, keeping a dwelling used to sell drugs, possession of drugs with intent to sell and resisting arrest without violence, according to Marion County Sheriff’s Office inmate records.
Dobbs, 20, has been charged with keeping a dwelling used to sell drugs, possession of drugs with intent to sell, possession of fentanyl and possession of fentanyl with intent to sell, court records show.
William Parrish Sr. told WFTV his son had been “trying to get himself straightened out” and maintained reports of overdoses were a “lie.”
Ocala is located inland, about 66 miles west of Daytona Beach.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
October 1st, 2018