Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville woman faces charges alleging she ran a raucous, underground strip club in a basement and sold alcohol to minors
Gwinnett police responding to a noise complaint July 18 on Purcell Road found more than they'd bargained for - a party full of minors, many of them darting away, according to a police report.
An officer checking inside the home found what appeared to be a strip club in a basement area that doubled as a garage. A sign advertising "1 Dollar Jello Shots" hung there, the reports says. The dancers had apparently left.
Police interviewed one alleged patron, Lester Ramirez, 20, who "appeared very intoxicated," one officer wrote. He told police the dancers had been working the basement area and that the home's owner, Constance Trahan, was selling alcohol to party-goers.
Police arrested Trahan, 28, on misdemeanor charges of maintaining a disorderly house. She posted $1,300 bond and was released from the Gwinnett County Jail hours later.
Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said it wasn't clear Monday what exactly officers had found in the home that gave it the appearance of an adult establishment.
Phone calls to Trahan's Lawrenceville residence were not answered Monday.
A Gwinnett County ordinance prohibits adult entertainment such as stripping at any venue that doesn't pay for an annual license, along with a bevy of other restrictions. Providing alcohol to minors violates Georgia law.
According to the report, Ramirez lied to police about his age and was carrying a small amount of marijuana. He was charged with marijuana and alcohol possession and providing police with a false date of birth, all misdemeanors. He posted $3,900 bond the following day.