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11 indicted following strip club raids in Harrison Township

OIU: Drug and food stamp trafficking, prostitution found at Harrison Township strip clubs (WKEF/WRGT)

UPDATE: A strip club that was raided Thursday following an investigation by the Ohio Investigative Unit of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, has been shut down.

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck said his office filed a restraining order that will keep The Harem on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Township closed until a hearing can be held that could shut it down for good. Heck said the investigation took place between January of 2017 and September and found there were crimes including prostitution, drug trafficking and illegal use of food stamps happening at the strip club. Undercover agents also witnessed liquor violations, prostitution and felony drug trafficking of marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, carfentanil and oxycodone, Heck said.

Eleven people have been indicted in connection with the investigation. They are:

Samantha Clay, 29, of Dayton

  • 9 counts of Trafficking in Cocaine
  • 8 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs (Cafentanil & Methamphetamine)
  • 1 count of Trafficking in Heroin
  • 6 counts of Illegal Use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance or WIC Benefits
  • 8 counts of Illegal Sexual Activity in a Sexually Oriented Business
  • 1 count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity

Samantha Childers, 30, of Dayton

  • 2 counts of Trafficking in Heroin
  • 2 counts of Trafficking in Cocaine
  • 1 count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs (Carfentanil)
  • 2 counts of Illegal Use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance or WIC Benefits
  • 1 count of Possession of Heroin
  • 1 count of Possession of Cocaine
  • 1 count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs (Fentanyl)
  • 5 counts of Illegal Sexual Activity in a Sexually Oriented Business

Kayla Olivia Hatton, 21, of Dayton

  • 2 counts of Trafficking in Cocaine
  • 1 count of Trafficking in Marijuana
  • 6 counts of Illegal Sexual Activity in a Sexually Oriented Business

Anna Barnes, 26, of Middletown

  • 2 counts of Trafficking in Marijuana
  • 2 counts of Illegal Sexual Activity in a Sexually Oriented Business

Sarah Barnes, 27, of Piqua

  • 1 count of Trafficking in Marijauna
  • 1 count of Illegal Sexual Activity in a Sexually Oriented Business

Melvin Bibbs, 58, of Dayton

  • 4 counts of Trafficking in Marijauna

Vanessa Graham, 29, of Englewood

  • 1 count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs (Oxycodone)
  • 2 counts of Illegal Sexual Activity in a Sexually Oriented Business

Ryan Perry, 22, of Tipp City

  • 1 count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs (Oxycodone)

Ciera Chastain, 24, of Dayton

  • 1 count of Trafficking in Cocaine
  • 3 counts of Illegal Sexual Activity in a Sexually Oriented Business

Jennifer Rowland, 22, of Springfield

  • 1 count of Trafficking in Cocaine
  • 1 count of Illegal Sexual Activity in a Sexually Oriented Business

Aaron Crenshaw, 29, of Dayton

  • 3 counts of Trafficking in Cocaine
  • 1 count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs (Methamphetamine)
  • 2 counts Illegal Use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance or WIC Benefits
  • 1 count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity

Administrative charges were also issued against the businesses, which are:

The Harem

  • 34 counts of engaging in sexual activity
  • 29 counts of nudity
  • 17 counts of drug sales
  • 14 counts of drug possession
  • 9 counts of solicitation for anything of value
  • 6 counts of public indecency
  • 3 counts of trafficking in electronic benefit transfer (EBT)
  • 1 count of illegal possession of EBT
  • 1 count of Drug Paraphernalia possession

Sharkey's

  • 7 counts of drug sales
  • 6 counts of engaging in sexual acts
  • 6 counts of drug possession
  • 4 counts of trafficking in EBT
  • 2 counts of solicitation of anything of value
  • 2 counts of nudity
  • 1 count of illegal use of EBT
  • 1 count of drug use
  • 1 count of illegal possession of EBT

The Living Room

  • 5 counts of nudity
  • 5 counts of engaging in sexual activity
  • 3 counts of public indecency
  • 1 count of drug sales

A hearing to decide if The Harem will be closed permanently must be held within 10 days from when the restraining order was filed. The prosecutor's office says it will present evidence that the owners of The Harem knew the illegal activity was taking place and didn't do anything about it. Heck says people who live in Harrison Township deserve to live in a community that's free from drug activity and prostitution, "We have previously closed numerous nuisance properties, including the Parkway Inn, the North Plaza Inn, two apartments on Nottingham Road, and a house on Boulder Avenue. I understand the concern and frustration that the residents have with the continued operation of these “businesses” and the negative affect they have on the community. I want to assure everyone that we are working to clean up this area," Heck said.

Five of the above listed are in custody at the Montgomery County Jail, they will make their first court appearance on October 12.

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UPDATE: According to an indictment list from the Montgomery County Prosecutor's office 12 people face now face indictments related to the investigation.

The list shows 10 'Jane Does' and two 'John Does' have been indicted on a variety of charges including drug, sex and illegal use of WIC benefits.

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HARRISON TWP, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said they found drug trafficking, food stamp trafficking and prostitution at three Harrison Township strip clubs.

The officers executed the search warrants Thursday night at the Harem, the Living Room and Sharkey's, all on North Dixie Drive, after a long-term investigation.

They said 34 people are facing either felony or misdemeanor charges, and that 140 total criminal charges were filed in the case. A total of 166 administrative violations were also filed, but agents said more charges are possible as the investigations continue.

The Montgomery County R.A.N.G.E. Task Force and the Sheriff's Office assisted with the execution of the warrants.

This is a developing news story and will be updated.

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