Atlanta nightclub investigation leads to arrest of owner, employee

5:16 AM, Sep 5, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- A nightclub in southwest Atlanta was busted during a raid overnight for operating without required permits. 

At around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Atlanta police were called to a nightclub in the 3400 block of Welcome All Road SW. Officers found the club had no permit, but was operating with adult dancers, gambling and alcohol sales inside a warehouse. 

Capt. Scott Kreher said units had been investigating the club's operations for about two months. They arrived to the club at an early hour, hoping few people would be inside. 

"We're in the process now of documenting all the evidence and collecting that evidence for prosecution in court," Kreher said. "We're out here tonight to make sure that this club doesn't reopen." 

When officers raided the club, they found games used for gambling, pool tables, video poker machines, poles used for adult dancing and several bars where alcohol was being sold Kreher said.   

The building is two stories with a main office on the first floor. Along with pool tables, bathrooms and private lounge areas, Kreher said camera equipment covered the inside and outside of the warehouse. Upstairs, he said it looked like an adult establishment with dancing poles and bars. 

"It would operate all the way up until 11:00 a.m. or 12:00 in the afternoon," Kreher said. "Not only is it a nuisance to the neighborhood, but with this type of illegal operation comes violence." 

The owner and a female employee of the club were arrested. Kreher said a number of illegal operations were happening, from failure to have a business permit, serving food and alcohol with no license, illegal gambling, and adult dancers having no permit while working. 

"It's a small Las Vegas wrapped up into one building," Kreher said. 

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