More indictments, prosecutors say minors were there when strip clubs were raided

Three other individuals have been indicted following the raid of two prominent Memphis-area strip clubs last week, according to a news release from the Shelby County District Attorney's office.  Prosecutors amended their original petition today, following a ruling by the grand jury.

Their amendment claims one of the dancers at the club is a minor and that at least three minors were inside the strip club when it was raided.

The new indictments include charges of sale of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.  In total, the defendants have been indicted on seven criminal counts.

Per the release:

The District Attorney's Office is seeking to permanently close Platinum Plus and Tunica Caberet, located at 5599 Highway 61 South under Tennessee's public nuisance law and the forfeiture of all personal property on the premises, including fixtures and equipment.

The owners of the two strip clubs have been ordered to appear before General Sessions Judge Larry Potter on Friday, December 15. Last week, 61 defendants were indicted for state drug and prostitution charges.

The grand jury returned 80 indictments for 231 total criminal charges, mostly for the sale or possession of cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, and the prescription drugs Oxycodone, Lortab, Xanax, and Clonazepam.

Last week's indictments and the initial nuisance action follow a two-year investigation by the Memphis Police Department. The District Attorney's Office closed Platinum Plus as a public nuisance in August 2005 for based on numerous undercover drug sales and arrests for prostitution during an investigation conducted by the Drug Task Force.  The club was allowed to reopen in September 2005 after an Order of Consent was entered in which specific steps were to be taken by the club's owner and management staff to stop criminal activity from occurring.