Published 5:15 pm, Friday, May 19, 2017
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission shut down six El Paso bars after an investigation by its Special Investigations Unit found that some employees were involved in narcotics trafficking.
The permits for these establishments have been revoked:
Player’s Billiard Parlor – 4024 Dyer Street
Horizon Nite Club – 3808 Pershing Drive
Rumors Sports Club and Lounge – 3317 Dyer Street
Brass Asp Bar – 6201 Airport Road
Twinz Lounge – 6203 Airport Road
Mobius Bar 915 – 6269 Airport Road
TABC investigators filed more than 80 administrative violations, according to a press release issued by the organization.
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The long-term investigation allegedly revealed that some employees sold and/or delivered drugs on the bars’ premises, within “drug-free” zones. Drug-free zones are defined by the Texas Health and Safety Code as “locations where young people congregate, such as schools.” Violating these prohibitions by presenting drugs or weapons results in heightened penalties.
In this narcotics bust, eight of the 17 suspects were arrested and face felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance.
“TABC considers any offense of narcotic sales very serious; and when you add in these locations are within 1,000 feet of a school, daycare or playground it certainly increases the urgency to take swift and decisive corrective action” said TABC’s SIU Captain Ron Swenson.
“Several of these locations are in close proximity to each other and we are confident that the closure of these establishments will have a positive impact on the surrounding community.”