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Strip club license yanked after prostitution probe

1 year 4 months 3 weeks ago August 31, 2015 Aug 31, 2015 Monday, August 31 2015 August 31, 2015 11:24 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brock Sues
Image: Yelp

BATON ROUGE - The owners of a Houma gentleman's club are behind bars Monday and the business' license is revoked after undercover narcotics agents discovered numerous violations including drug dealing and prostitution.

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office narcotics agents said they were able to setup three different prostitution deals with entertainers employed at the Wet & Wild Saloon, located at 795 Highway 182 in Houma.

TPSO agents said they were able to buy crystal meth, marijuana and ecstasy at the club on four different occasions. The business was cited by the ATC for numerous violations including allowing the entertainers to improperly expose themselves and engage in lewd and immoral acts, failure to keep employee records and improperly allowing employees to solicit drinks from patrons for free.

Louisiana ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert ordered the saloon to immediately stop selling alcohol on Aug. 28 following the collection of considerable evidence that the business posed a threat to public safety due to the drug and prostitution related activity going on inside.

The owners, Lance and Rachel Smiley, were arrested by TPSO deputies and booked on charges of promoting prostitution, illegal drinking, pandering, nudity and keeping a disorderly place.

They are scheduled to appear at an administrative hearing on Wed., Sept. 8 in relation to the charges against them.

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