August 3, 2021



Deputies say raid uncovers unlicensed dance club, underage ingesting

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Richmond County deputies raided a restaurant they suspected was serving alcohol to minors and running as an unlicensed dance club.

The raid took place all around 12:20 a.m. Friday the Southbound Smokehouse at 1855 Central Ave., in accordance to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

In the undercover procedure, investigators noticed the tables getting moved to open up a dance ground with a DJ taking part in new music.

“The inside of of the cafe was very crowded with folks standing or dancing, the lights have been small and a disco ball was noticed lighting the dance floor,” the agency said in a news release.

Investigators saw no one within sitting or feeding on any foods.

Investigators encouraged the on-obligation manager that he was functioning a evening club without the need of a license and at that time individuals were being questioned to leave.

Investigators observed quite a few minors within the cafe and requested patrons to display their IDs as they remaining, according to deputies.

Investigators identified 10 minors who consumed liquor in the small business and one particular with a pretend ID, according to deputies.

A number of additional minors ended up identified but they ended up not ingesting alcoholic beverages and they were being introduced with out any citations.

“Several stated they had been allowed in by the manager, Sloan Baughman,” the company claimed in the news launch.

Baughman was cited for not acquiring a dance hall license and furnishing alcohol to men and women less than 21.

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