LANCASTER – Authorities say illegal alcohol sales and prostitution were taking place at an underground strip club operating inside an industrial building in Lancaster.
Deputies raided the operation recently and arrested four suspects, according to a press release issued Wednesday. Read the release below:
A month’s long investigation involving possible illegal alcohol sales, gambling and prostitution ended with the arrest of four suspects.
In the latter part of last year, Lancaster Station received complaints regarding illegal activity in and around an industrial building in the 42500 block of 6th Street East in the city of Lancaster. The complaints alleged that there was an “underground” Strip Club operating inside the building.
In December of 2012, detectives from the Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau, as well as deputies from Lancaster Station’s “LANCAP” team began several undercover operations in response to the complaints.
During these operations, they confirmed that there was illegal alcohol sales and prostitution taking place in a “private club” atmosphere.
Deputies as well as officers from the State of California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control conducted an early morning “raid” at the building on Saturday April 27th. During the “raid” the deputies arrested four suspects for various charges related to the sales of alcohol.
The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station did not release the names of the four suspects. However, according to LASD inmate records, the four suspects arrested at the location on April 27 include:
- William Pleitez, 24, of Palmdale
- Alfred Xenios Pico, 41, of Lancaster
- Mercedes Jasmine Loza, 21, of Palmdale
- Juan Carlos Munoz, 33, of Palmdale
Lancaster Station Detectives are continuing to investigate this incident to determine if a local cab company was involved in the illegal activity.
UPDATE: Sources say the illicit operation had a facebook page, which showcased its “workers”. View the facebook page here. The operation also advertised its “services” on various events websites. View one if its profiles here.