Notorious strip club raided, numerous arrests made in probe over prostitution and drugs
AMITE – A number of people were arrested during a raid at a notorious, rural gentleman's club over reports of prostitution and drug activity.
WBRZ learned federal and state authorities along with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office were involved in the Friday raid at the Mansion on Highway 16 in St. Helena Parish west of Amite. According to authorities, the agents were acting on reports of “prostitution, lewd acts and narcotic related activity” at the business.
There were multiple arrests, agents said in a news release. Some of those arrested were Mansion employees. An exact number of arrests or their charges were not released.
Authorities said based on an investigation and the arrests, the complaints were concern enough to force state regulators to suspend licenses for the business. A hearing on the license is set for later in December.
“The office of the [Louisiana Alcohol Tobacco Control] will have no further comment on this matter until the hearing has been conducted,” state regulators said.
The Mansion has caught the ire of locals before – previously, St. Helena Parish government attempted to block the Mansion and another similar club, the Oak Ridge Lounge, from offering topless dancers. As The Advocate reported in 2015, the regulation went to court and both were found to be protected under a grandfather clause.
Follow the publisher of this post on Twitter: @treyschmaltz