Contents of strip club auctioned to the public - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Contents of strip club auctioned to the public

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Two years ago, the federal government shut down the Tunica Cabaret in Memphis after an investigation revealed rampant drug use and live sex shows happening inside the club.

Thursday, items left behind after the seizure were up for auction.  Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons said everything from stripper poles to stripper shoes were on the block.

"They have got to operate clean operations, and if they don't, we're going to come after them," Gibbons said.

The raids of the Tunica Cabaret and Platinum Plus were the culmination of a two-year sting.  Club owner Ralph Lunati pleaded guilty to prostitution charges and forfeited both clubs to the government.

In September, an auction gutted the Platinum Plus.  The government hopes the auctions will help it recover most of the cost of the investigation.

At Thursday's auction, Johnny Parker paid $60 for a gift for his ten-year-old daughter - a talking deer head.

"She'll be thrilled," he said.

Anything and everything was sold, stripping the inside of the club bare.  The auction pulled in a total of $25,000.  The federal government will auction off the land and building at a later date.


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