Strip club closes after drugs, lap dances bought with food stamps

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An Ohio strip club has closed permanently after undercover agents were able to use food stamps to buy drugs and lap dances. 

The Ohio Liquor Control Commission began investigating Sharkey’s Lounge in Dayton in May of 2017. The establishment lost its liquor license in September after agents exchanged roughly $2,400 in food stamp benefits to purchase heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, cocaine, meth and lap dances.

The Dayton Daily News reports charges were filed against employees and patrons for drug trafficking, food stamp trafficking, aggravated shipment and distribution of heroin, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, and illegal sexual activity.

Agents also filed 44 charges that included drug possession, drug sales, engaging in sexual activity, food stamp trafficking and solicitation.