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TABC shuts down six El Paso bars for alleged drug trafficking

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The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s special investigations unit canceled the permits for six Central El Paso bars after authorities said drugs were being sold and distributed at the establishments.

The six bars that were forced to close their doors are:

- Player’s Billiard Parlor at 4024 Dyer Street

- Horizon Nite Club at 3808 Pershing Drive

- Rumors Sports Club and Lounge at 3317 Dyer Street

- Brass Asp Bar at 6201 Airport Road

- Twinz Lounge at 6203 Airport Road

- Mobius Bar 915 at 6269 Airport Road

TABC investigators said 80 violations were filed against the bars for sale and delivery of drugs by employees and owners of the six bars.

Homeland Security Investigations, the El Paso Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety worked together to arrest eight of the 17 suspects. They were charged with delivery of a controlled substance.

"TABC considers any offense of narcotic sales very serious;, and when you add in these locations are within 1,000 feet of a school, day care or playground, it certainly increases the urgency to take swift and decisive corrective action" said Capt. Ron Swenson, of TABC's Special Investigations Unit."Several of these locations are in close proximity to each other and we are confident that the closure of these establishments will have a positive impact on the surrounding community."

Anyone with a complaint about illegal activity happening at a TABC licensed location is asked to call 1-888-843-8222-TABC or 915-351-3697.

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