State suspends Kearny Mesa strip club’s booze permit
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – State regulators suspended alcohol sales at a Kearny
Mesa nude-entertainment club for 30 days due to alleged
violations, including on-site drug-dealing and lewd conduct by dancers.
The disciplinary actions against Pure Platinum in the 4000 block of
Kearny Mesa Road stemmed from a three-week undercover operation in January
2009, according to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
The business has been fighting the suspension order for the last three
years, taking its appeal all the way to the state Supreme Court, which denied
it late last month, ABC spokeswoman Jennifer Hill said.
During the investigation, plainclothes agents posing as patrons observed
at least three nude dancers engaging in prohibited behavior, including
touching of customers and simulated sex acts, according to Hill.
Employees also took part in the purchase, negotiations for purchase
and furnishing of psilocybin, commonly known as hallucinogenic mushrooms, and
cocaine, the state agency alleged. At least one worker was arrested, Hill said.
The licensee told ABC personnel this morning that he intended to close
the business during the suspension period, saying it would not be profitable to
run it without alcohol sales, Hill said.
Last June, the state agency suspended the alcohol license of a Pure
Platinum location on Pacific Highway at Laurel Street, near Lindbergh Field.
The ABCs enforcement actions are complaint driven, Hill said.