If you were looking forward to visiting the strip club Sharky’s Lounge near Dayton, OH, you might as well find another place to go. On Google, the venue is listed as “closed permanently.” This comes after the shake joint came under fire for accepting food stamps for lap dances and drugs after a five-month investigation.
According to the Washington Post, during the investigation, undercover agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit were able to use nearly $2,500 in food stamps to secure dances from strippers in Sharky’s. They were also able to buy various drugs, including heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and meth. As a result, club employees have been charged with drug trafficking, food stamp trafficking, aggravated shipment and distribution of heroin, corruption and illegal sexual activity. The establishment’s liquor license was also revoked by the state.
This isn’t the first time that a strip club in that vicinity has been charged with drug and food stamp trafficking. The Post reports:
State officials announced the revocation on Thursday, marking the second time since May that they have cited a Dayton-area strip club for food stamp and drug trafficking. The first involved an establishment called the Harem, which is only about a block from Sharky’s.
The enforcement actions come almost one year after agents executed search warrants at three of the city’s strip clubs, including Sharky’s and the Harem. Those warrants, executed in September 2017, also resulted in citations for drug sales and food stamp trafficking. It was not immediately clear whether Thursday’s announcement was connected to last year’s investigation.