On May 10th, 2013

Taxi or Trouble? ABC Agents Shut Down Underground Strip Club

A full bar, stripper poles and a DJ booth.  That is what Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents found in the basement of a building when they and Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies investigated a complaint surrounding  a taxi cab company in Lancaster, last month.

After an undercover investigation, agents and deputies raided the unlicensed bar and arrested six people; one for a felony warrant, one for possession of methamphetamines, three for selling alcohol without a license and a 19-year-old for possession of alcohol.

The complaints alleged narcotics, gambling, strippers dancing for tips and prostitution.  It appeared to be an after-hours club.  ABC's Brad Beach told CBS Los Angeles, "The taxi cab drivers basically told patrons from other businesses that if they wanted to continue the party after hours, that they could come to this location and do so there."  (http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/05/08/unlicensed-strip-club-operating-in-cab-company-basement-busted/)

"This is a perfect example of ABC agents teaming up with local law enforcement officers to conduct risky undercover operations.  Nobody wants that  type of illegal activity going on in their community," said Alan Barcelona, president of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA).  CSLEA represents 7,000 law enforcement, public safety and consumer protection professionals who work for the state of California, including ABC agents.

The underground strip club and those who may have been connected to it, are still under investigation.

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