Local Bar Closed for the Super Bowl

The ABC raided seven bars in Escondido

By Lindsay Hood and Michelle Wayland
|  Friday, Feb 4, 2011  |  Updated 2:45 PM PDT
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Local Bar Closed for the Super Bowl

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Two Escondido bars raided by police and state agents in October for violating the condition of their liquor license must close for nearly a month, the North County Times is reporting.

One of those bars, Escondido Sports Pub began their 25-day scheduled suspension on Thursday, an ABC official told the paper.

Across town, Pounders will start a 20-day suspension on Feb 24, the paper said.

The sanctions were placed on the bars, after a raid of seven Escondido bars on Oct 22. During the raid, investigators found narcotics had been sold at both clubs, the paper reported.

“ABC undercover investigators were able to make a total of 32 separate purchases of methamphetamine, cocaine, illegal prescription drugs, and high-grade marijuana from employees and patrons on several different occasions,” Lt. C. Carter told NBC San Diego just after the raid.

Agents also raided El Rodeo Bar on North Rose Street, Thee Spot on West Valley Parkway, Club Anitas on East Valley Parkway, Senor Taquito on East Valley Parkway and Woodies on North Escondido Boulevard.

The owner of Woodies, Michael Dunn, was arrested and charged with possession of steroids, according to the NCT.

Police arrested Lura Gentry Banks, 48, Jerome Wayne Peter Benvento, 28, Albert Juan Ornelas, 38, Alicia Lopez, 25, Mireya Lopez, 28, Yesenia Perez, 19, Elvia Rosario Sanchez-Rios, 23, Shameka Jeannetta Johnson, 30, Marcus Boshawn Cotton, 30, Thomas Curtis Lanham, 41 and four others at the scene for a variety of charges. According to the NCT those charges include illegal drug sales, possession of illegal drugs, and parole violations.

Disciplinary action against the five other bars is still pending, the paper said.

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