DAYTON, Ohio (Meredith) — An Ohio strip club has permanently closed after a lengthy investigation revealed employees accepted food stamps in exchange for lap dances and drugs.
According to Ohio state police, agents began investigating Sharky's Lounge in May 2017.
During the investigation, undercover agents were able to purchase drugs and lap dances using food stamps.
Police said undercover agents exchanged a total of more than $2,400 in food stamps to purchase heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, cocaine, methamphetamines and lap dances.
Criminal charges have been filed against Sharky's employees and patrons for:
- drug trafficking
- food stamp trafficking
- aggravated shipment and distribution of heroin
- engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity
- illegal sexual activity.
The strip club's liquor permit was revoked and the business closed permanently.