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Reported by Jason Miles

Memphis nightspot shut down by investigators

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Authorities have shut down a Memphis adult entertainment club as a public nuisance following a four-month undercover investigation into illegal drug sales.

Investigators said Tuesday evening they closed the Pure Passion club on East Brooks Road.

"Today, we filed an action in court to close Pure Passion as a nuisance," said Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons during a news conference inside the club.

He says undercover officers found what they were looking for during a four month investigation.

"Essentially, what the undercover operation revealed was a pattern of illegal activity here," said Gibbons.  "In particular the sale and use of marijuana," he added.

One night's activities are detailed in the official complaint.  It reads, "undercover detectives observed individuals inside of Pure Passion in the common area of the club possessing marijuana, rolling "blunts," and using marijuana in plain and open view."

The D.A. says a number of assaults, vandalisms, and car thefts have followed.

"We felt it was a potentially explosive situation," said Gibbons.

Club managers and employees are accused of turning a blind eye to the behavior inside.  The owners have been notified of the action.  We're told customers were inside, and dancers on stage, when officers arrived to shut it down.

"But we specifically picked the earlier part of the evening, so there would be less problems in closing the club," said Dave McGriff with the West TN Drug Task Force.

It's a club now on a growing list of those declared a public nuisance.

No arrests were made.  But the D.A.'s office will seek permanent closure of the club if owners refuse to clean things up.  They're first court appearance is set for Friday.

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