Strip Club Loses Liquor License - NBC 7 San Diego

Strip Club Loses Liquor License

Pure Platinum entertainers were selling cocaine on the job and participating in illegal lewd conduct



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    The Alcoholic Beverage Control agency posted a notice to the Pure Platinum Gentleman's Club revoking their ability to sell hard liquor.

    The Pure Platinum Gentleman’s club on Pacific Highway has been stripped of its liquor license.

    After receiving 34 separate charges against the club, the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control agency posted a notice on the club's doors Friday, revoking their ability to sell hard liquor.

    The ABC said that approximately 6 entertainers at the club were involved in six separate incidences of cocaine sales. The agency observed the sales as a result of undercover investigations in which investigators bought cocaine from on-duty entertainers.

    Investigators also observed 12 violations of lewd entertainment and conduct. An ABC spokesperson said the entertainers were showing parts of their bodies that were illegal at the establishment.

    These investigations weren’t the only indicators that the club may have been attracting the wrong crowd – on January 29, 2009 officers from several San Diego departments assisted ABC in obtaining a search warrant, which resulted in four felony arrests.

    Not including the violations included in the revocation, the club has experienced 8 violations since 1973.

    As a result of the revocations, Security Consultant Ernie Encinas said that many employees at the club would lose their jobs, including bartenders, waiters and managers.

    "[The revocation] is a bit harsh," Encinas said. "It's punishing a lot of innocent and hard-working people that had nothing to do with the drug sales that were being performed at that time."

    ABC no longer has jurisdiction over the club. Further legal action is in the hands of the city.