ATC Suspends Five French Quarter Strip Clubs After Prostitution and Drug Activity Discovered

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Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) Commissioner Troy Hebert issued emergency suspensions to five French Quarter bars, ordering them to stop selling alcohol and/or tobacco products immediately.  The action follows a month-long investigation, called “Operation Trick or Treat”, which uncovered prostitution, illegal drug activities, and lewd/improper acts at the businesses. 

“ATC is keeping a close eye on what’s going on in the French Quarter,” stated Commissioner Hebert. “This kind of illegal activity poses a concern for public safety and will not be tolerated.” 

Following a tip from the New Orleans Police Department’s 8th District, ATC agents investigated more than a dozen complaints issued against several businesses in the French Quarter area.  The State Police Crime Lab processed evidence collected during the course of the investigation.  Case information from the operation has also been provided to State Police investigators to determine possible criminal charges.

“Public safety in the city of New Orleans continues to be a priority for law enforcement partners at all levels of government,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent.  “Our focus remains on illegal guns, drugs and fugitives as these factors directly contribute to the violence that we are all working diligently to stop.”

During the course of the operation, agents discovered that much of the illegal activities occurred at adult entertainment venues located on or near Bourbon St. 

The investigation is ongoing and, at least, seven other businesses are also facing charges. 

The following businesses were issued emergency suspensions of their state alcohol and/or tobacco permits on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 and ordered to cease selling immediately:

Business Owner

D/B/A

Address

Violations

The House of the Rising Sun of Bourbon St. Inc.

Centerfolds Fais Deaux Deaux

411 Bourbon St.

5 cts. Prostitution

3 cts. CDS (drugs)

2 cts. Lewd/Improper Acts

Platinum Bourbon Inc.

Lipstixx/Fais Deaux Deaux

420 Bourbon St.

3 cts. Prostitution

3 cts. CDS (drugs)

3 cts. Lewd/Improper Acts

Silver Bourbon Inc.

The Mansion on Bourbon

416 Bourbon St.

6 cts. Prostitution

2 cts. CDS (drugs)

5 cts. Lewd/Improper Acts

Iberville Ladies LLC

Chez Joey

608 Iberville St.

3 cts. Prostitution

5 cts. CDS (drugs)

2 cts. Lewd/Improper Acts

Off Bourbon Inc.

Dixie Divas

606 Iberville St.

4 cts.  Prostitution

3 cts. CDS (drugs)

1 ct. Lewd/Improper Acts

Administrative hearings to address the violations against the above businesses will be held in the coming weeks.

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