Ohio Liquor Control Commission votes to revoke the Harem’s liquor permit

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Date: May 24, 2018
Contact: Agent-in-Charge Michelle Thourot
(513) 519-6902 

Ohio Liquor Control Commission votes to revoke the Harem’s liquor permit 

(Columbus) – Earlier today, the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) was informed of the decision by the Ohio Liquor Control Commission to revoke the liquor permit of a Montgomery County adult entertainment establishment.

Agents began investigating the Harem, 5825 North Dixie Drive, after complaints of possible human trafficking. While no charges were filed related to human trafficking, during the investigation agents were able to purchase drugs using food stamp benefits and cash.

Throughout the eight-month investigation, agents exchanged $1,764.87 in food stamps to purchase fentanyl, carfentanil, cocaine, methamphetamines, prescription drugs, and marijuana. In all, 114 criminal charges were filed, including 31 felony drug trafficking, three felony food stamp charges and 73 illegal sexual activity charges.

Agents also filed 117 administrate charges, including drug possession, drug sales, engaging in sexual activity, food stamp trafficking and solicitation.

OIU, the Range Task Force and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant on September 28.  A nuisance abatement, an emergency shut down, was filed on September 28 by the Montgomery County Prosecutor Mathias Heck. Subsequent hearings have prohibited the Harem from operating for one year. 

During the investigation, information also lead the agents to two additional liquor permits. The administrative cases against Sharkey’s, 6028 North Dixie Drive, and the Living Room, 3830 North Dixie Drive, are still pending with the Liquor Control Commission.

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If you suspect food stamp fraud, human trafficking or drug trafficking please call #677.