Tuesday, December 9, 2008

D.A.'s Office Shuts Down Pure Passion

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons announced Tuesday that the D.A.'s Office and the West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force closed as a public nuisance an adult entertainment club on East Brooks Road that was the focus of a nearly four month undercover investigation into illegal drug sales.

The owners of Pure Passion, located at 1849 East Brooks Road, have been ordered to appear before Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter on Friday, December 12.

Gibbons said his office filed a nuisance petition against Pure Passion in response to the number of complaints that illegal narcotics, particularly marijuana, were readily available, being sold, and being used inside the club. Those complaints led to an undercover operation conducted by the Drug Task Force that started in August and ended earlier this month. The Bartlett Police Department, a member agency of the Drug Task Force, assisted with the investigation by assigning an officer to go undercover.

"This investigation revealed a clear pattern of criminal activity being allowed to occur inside Pure Passion, and frankly, the combination of drug sales and other crimes reported here is putting the public at risk," Gibbons said.

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