Memphis night club shut down due to drug activity - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis night club shut down due to drug activity

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – "Sassy's Knight's Out" on busy Jackson Avenue was by no means a major drug distribution center.

But investigators say enough Lortab, Xanax, and other drugs were being sold to prompt its closure by order of the court.

"And we will do what we do in the DA's Office to make sure this type of behavior is not tolerated," said Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich.

Action News 5 was allowed to take a look inside the club where undercover officers with the West Tennessee Drug Task Force began their investigation back in January.  They allegedly bought drugs four times from mother and daughter bartenders Catherine and Tonya Kelley, in addition to at least one customer.

"And actually made some purchases on the parking lot," said David McGriff with the West Tennessee Drug Task Force.

The now closed nightclub is located within a 100 yards of Jackson Elementary School.  That's why many neighbors were glad to see it shut down.

"If it's all true, yes," said neighbor Hannah Sappington.  "Because it's dangerous for everybody else that lives here."

A woman who did not want to be identified told us she was cleaning the club when it was raided Thursday.

"And the police burst in," she said.

She claimed elderly owner Kathleen Hill, who is named in the official petition, was already trying to improve things, despite multiple disabilities.

"She had a stroke two years ago and is almost blind," said the woman.  "Can hardly walk," she added.

The owner will have to tell it to the judge next Tuesday when she is due in court.  Officials say the club has also been the site of numerous bar fights and a recent armed robbery.

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