At 6:15 p.m. Thursday, state and local authorities raided three Harrison Twp. strip clubs and made arrests related to a long-term investigation into drugs, prostitution and food stamp trafficking.
Strip clubs: The three clubs are all located on the same stretch of road in Harrison Twp.; Harem, 5825 North Dixie Drive; The Living Room, 3830 North Dixie Drive; and Sharky’s, 6028 North Dixie Drive.
Indictments: At least 12 people have been indicted for drug trafficking, illegal food stamp distribution and illegal sexual activity, according to a special grand jury report released Friday morning by the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. Authorities said at least 34 people were facing felony and/or misdemeanor charges following the raids.
Law agencies involved: Ohio Highway Patrol’s Ohio Investigative Unit, Agent-in-Charge Michelle Thourot, said OIU agents, members of the Range Task Force and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants at the three locations.
Other alleged violations: Agents also filed 166 administrative violations against the liquor permit premises and more administrative and criminal charges are possible as the investigations continue, according to Thourot. The administrative cases will be presented to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission at a later date. Possible penalties include fines, suspensions, or revocation of the liquor permit.
Months-long investigation: Thourot said the investigation, which includes Thursday’s raids, began in January. Law enforcement operations at one club led to the others, she said.
Unknown quantities: The quantity of drugs, cash or food assistance Electronic Benefits Transfer cards seized in the raids has yet to be revealed by law enforcement. A news conference is scheduled for Friday afternoon.
Clubs reopen: The Living Room and Sharky’s were allowed to reopen after law enforcement left the premises. The Harem, the largest of the three, was still closed at 10:30 p.m. Thursday as the investigation continued.