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Strip club shut down for accepting food stamps for drugs and lap dances

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An Ohio strip club was closed after a police investigation revealed that employees there had accepted food stamps in exchange for drugs and lap dances.

Ohio State Police said they had launched an investigation into Sharky’s Lounge in May of 2017. In the course of the investigation, undercover officers allegedly were able to use food stamps to purchase drugs and lap dances.

Agents were able to exchange more than $2,400 in food stamps for heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, cafentanil, methamphetamine and lap dances.

The business, employees and patrons have had multiple charges leveled against them, including drug trafficking, food stamp trafficking, aggressive shipment and distribution of heroin, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, and illegal sexual activity.

Police say the strip club’s liquor permit was revoked and the business has been permanently shuttered.

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