FRANKLIN, OH (FOX19) - The Warren County prosecutor announced indictments Thursday against a Franklin strip club, two managers, and one dancer.
The indictments contain 23 charges.
- The club, New York, New York, was indicted for two counts of trafficking in cocaine, four counts of permitting drug abuse, and illegally operating a sexually oriented business.
- Michael Reese, 37, of Miamisburg, Ohio, was indicted for two counts of trafficking in cocaine, two counts of possession of cocaine, three counts of permitting drug abuse, and illegally operating a sexually oriented business.
- Courtney Rogers, 25, of Springfield, Ohio, was indicted for four counts of trafficking in cocaine and three counts of possession of cocaine.
- Mark G. Butterfield III, 27, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was indicted for permitting drug abuse.
In December 2016, plain-clothes law enforcement officers began an investigation into reported drug trafficking activity at New York, New York (located on E. Second Street). On multiple occasions, officers observed Reese, the night manager at New York, New York, provide cocaine to Rogers, a dancer with the stage name "Giselle," who in turn sold the cocaine to customers.
At least one drug trafficking transaction occurred directly in front of Butterfield, the day manager at New York, New York, authorities said.
Reese and N.Y.N.Y., Inc. were also charged with misdemeanor counts for permitting nude dancing in the establishment after midnight, in violation of Ohio law.
"Although there have been strong suspicions for several years, through this investigation, law enforcement officers were able to directly observe significant drug trafficking and other illegal activity at New York, New York strip club. On one occasion, several customers were at the club waiting to buy cocaine," said prosecutor David Fornshell.
Also as part of this same investigation, two other dancers at New York, New York -- Allison "Cash" Hindy, 24, of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Brandi "Camden" Hatter, 21, of Franklin -- were previously charged with prostitution for engaging in sexual activity for hire while working on the premises. Earlier this year, Hindy and Hatter both pleaded guilty in Franklin Municipal Court.
"In these types of clubs you're not allowed to be in a complete state of nudity. They're also not allowed to touch patrons or engage in sexual activity things like that inside the club, and we did have violations that have taken place," Adam Johnson, with the Ohio Investigative Unit, said at the time.