Two Lima men charged with operating illegal bars

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OIU News Release

Date: January 5, 2018
Contact: Agent-in-Charge Shawn Tatter
(419) 866-9907

Two Lima men charged with operating illegal bars

(TOLEDO) – Two men have been charged in connection with running illegal alcohol sales operations at two separate locations in Lima.

On December 15, agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit and the Lima Police Department executed search warrants at the Cameo Café, 520 North Jackson, and at The Callahan, 113 East Spring, both in Lima.

At the Cameo Café, Robert A. Norbeck, age 66 of Lima, was charged with four counts each of keeper of a place and illegal sales of alcohol. Agents and officers seized 976 cans or bottles of beer, 154 bottles of liquor, and $357 in U.S. currency.

Timothy L. Callahan, 54, of Lima, was charged with one count of illegal sales of alcohol and five counts of keeper of a place. During the search warrant at The Callahan, agents and officers seized 287 bottles or cans of beer, 83 bottles of liquor and $190 in U.S. currency.

Both men could face up to $1,000 fine and 180 days in jail for each count of illegal sales and up to $500 fine for each count of keeper of a place. Norbeck appeared in Lima Municipal Court in December. Callahan appeared on January 3.

In the state of Ohio, in order to sell alcohol, businesses must have a valid liquor permit issued by the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control. If you suspect illegal sales of alcohol in your community please call #677 to file an anonymous complaint. 

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