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N. O. Club cited for "B Drinking," Selling Alcohol to a Minor

Owner and Bartender of the Paradise Club Arrested

June 13, 2000

BATON ROUGE - During a May 27 raid by New Orleans police and state Alcohol and Tobacco Control agents, the Paradise Club, 4655 Michoud Blvd, New Orleans, was cited for multiple counts of allowing "B drinking" and for selling alcohol to a person under the age of 21, according to ATC Commissioner Murphy J. Painter.

Painter says Tran Thieu Ngoc, manager/bartender at the Paradise Club, was arrested for violation of Louisiana Revised Statute 14:93.11, selling alcohol to a person less than 21 years of age while refusing to sign the citation that was issued. Painter said the citation was issued after a 19-year-old undercover agent purchased two beers at the club that night. When he refused to sign the citation, Painter says the bartender was arrested. Club owner Tran Nghiem Ngoc was also arrested during the raid because of an outstanding warrant.

According to Painter, ATC undercover agents had visited the club several times over previous weeks and reported that they witnessed multiple counts of B drinking at the club. B drinking is where an employer permits persons, commonly known as B drinkers, to solicit patrons for drinks and to accept drinks from patrons in return for a commission or other remuneration. During the raid, police seized a log which they say contains the B drinking records of the club. Police say names in the log can be matched to names listed by the undercover agents in reports they filed about B drinking in the establishment.

In addition to the citation for selling alcohol to minor, Painter says an ATC administrative citation was issued to the alcohol permit holder, Gennie Nguyen Inc., for violation of R.S. 26:286 A(1), sale of alcohol to a person less than 21 years of age, and for violation of R.S. 26:90 A(7), an employer permitting persons, commonly known as B drinkers, to solicit patrons for drinks and to accept drinks from patrons and receive a commission or other remuneration. The permittee was informed that an ATC administrative hearing on the citation will be held in Baton Rouge, August 9, 2000.

Painter says the investigation and raid was a cooperative effort between his office, the FBI, the New Orleans Police Department Vice Section, and the Louisiana Adult Probation and Parole Office in Orleans Parish.