Indiana State Excise Police officers shut down what they said
was an illegal strip club and arrested four people in Gary early yesterday
Excise officers assisted
the Gary Police Department with a search warrant at AJ’s Gentleman Club,
5195 Harrison Street, where it was suspected that alcoholic beverages were
being sold without a permit. Officers were also investigating a complaint
that prostitution was occurring at this business.
Before yesterday’s raid,
undercover officers found evidence of acts of prostitution. They also found
that the unlicensed establishment had a full-service liquor bar, live nude
dancing in the bar area and private booths.
Four people were arrested
as a result of yesterday’s search of the club.
Alton Walker, 36 of Gary,
and Joseph Nieto, 30, of Gary, were arrested on a charge of visiting a
common nuisance. Makita Turner, 20 of Gary, was arrested on a charge of
minor possession of alcohol and visiting a common nuisance. Jim Dilworth, of
Gary, was identified as the manager of the business and was preliminarily
charged with maintaining a common nuisance.
Officers said that the club
had no valid state or city permits to allow the sale of alcohol or public
entertainment. Officers recovered an undisclosed quantity of alcohol from
the business and one vehicle. They also seized an undisclosed amount of cash
and other items pertinent to the investigation.
All charges will be
forwarded to the Lake County Prosecutor for review.
As the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and
Tobacco Commission, the primary mission of the Indiana State Excise Police
is to promote public safety by enforcing Indiana’s Alcoholic Beverage Code.
While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they
focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws.