Sharky's loses liquor license after agents buy drugs, lap dances with food stamps

(File photo: WKEF/WRGT)

HARRISON TWP., Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Sharky's Lounge in Harrison Township is losing its liquor license at the end of the business day today.

The Ohio Liquor Control Commission revoked the adult entertainment club's license, according to the Ohio Investigative Unit.

Agents with the OIU had began investigating Twenty Two Fifty, Inc. which is also known as Sharky's in May of 2017. During the investigation, agents say they were able to buy drugs and lap dances by using food stamps. During the five-month long investigation, agents exchanged more than $2,000 worth of food stamps to buy heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, cocaine, methamphetamine and lap dances. Criminal charges were filed against employees and patrons for drug trafficking, food stamp trafficking, aggravated shipment and distribution of heroin, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and illegal sexual activity.

This is the second adult entertainment club that has had its liquor permit revoked as a result of the investigation by the Ohio Investigative Unit. The other was the Harem, which is also located on North Dixie Drive. The Harem's liquor license was revoked in May of 2018.

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