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Cops close illegal teen club

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

A call from an alert parent led Clayton County police Friday night to an alleged illegal teen club that was accepting a $10 cover charge, and claiming to be sending proceeds to tornado victims in Alabama, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Lt. Tina Daniel said a flyer promoting Space Condo, on Veterans Parkway, in Jonesboro, stated that Clayton County police would provide security there Friday night. One parent called to confirm and alerted police to the club, she said.

"We were not providing security, and they did not have a permit to operate a club," said Daniel. "And they said part of the proceeds were going to tornado victims in Alabama. I question that."

The club opened for business Friday, at 8 p.m., and police arrived about two hours later to find about 50 patrons.

"They also advertised that no ID was needed, which opens up another can of worms," she said. "You have a situation where older men are possibly mingling with 14-year-old girls, at the same party, and that is a recipe for disaster.

"It's very scary" said Daniel. "We have to make sure we protect the teens."

Police cited Nyasia Gray, 24, of Hampton, for operating an illegal teen club.

The bust was part of an overall operation conducted by police over four separate nights. Operation Secure Sector targeted drunk drivers and illegal alcohol sales to minors.

"We set up roadblocks and used underage teens who successfully bought alcohol," she said. "We want to make sure everyone is complying with liquor laws and not driving under the influence of alcohol."

Daniel said officers arrested 116, and issued 349 citations.