Ohio strip club loses liquor license for trading drugs, lap dances for food stamps

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DAYTON, Ohio (WTHR) - An Ohio strip club has lost its liquor permit after investigators used food stamps to buy drugs and lap dances at the establishment.

The Ohio Liquor Control Commission revoked the liquor permit of Sharky's in Dayton in September after the investigation, saying agents exchanged more than $2,400 in food stamps at the bar. In addition to lap dances, agents reportedly used food stamps to obtain drugs including heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Employees and patrons of the club are facing charges including drug trafficking, food stamp trafficking, aggravated shipment and distribution of heroin, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and illegal sexual activity.

Forty-four charges were filed with the Liquor Control Commission including drug possession, drug sales, engaging in sexual activity, food stamp trafficking and solicitation.

The agency said it is the second adult entertainment club to lose its liquor license in Dayton this year. The Harem lost its license in May after another investigation involving food stamps and drug trafficking.

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