Meet Ms. Constance Trahan (above). Ms. Trahan was arrested recently for running an illegal basement strip club outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Gwinnett County police were called to her home on the 1400 block of Purcell Road in Lawrenceville July 18, 2009 because of complaints of a loud party. Police arrived and found much more than just a party, they found a basement strip club.
Neighbor Jim Ferguson, who called the police to complain said he saw several teenagers roaming the area and that dozens of cars were parked on his street and around the block. Ferguson said the home had at least 200 party-goers that night and that the home often hosts rowdy gatherings.
Officers said Trahan was not only selling alcohol to minors, but she was running what appeared to be an underground strip club. “The officers that did respond did see what appeared to be some sort of gentleman’s club or strip club that was being conducted at the time,” said Cpl. David Schiralli with the Gwinnett County Police Department.
One officer claimed that he witnessed dancers and also said he found a sign advertising “$1 Jello shots” along with minors consuming alcohol.
Trahan was charged with maintaining a disorderly house, a misdemeanor, and remains free on a $1,300 bond.
Lester Ramirez, 20 (above), was charged with possession of alcohol and marijuana and lying about his age. Ramirez told officers that Trahan sold alcohol at the party and was arrested and charged after he gave police a false date of birth and tried to hide pot in his mouth. He has since been released on a $3,900 bond.
Trahan’s friends maintain that there is no club at the home. “It was a regular gathering,” said Christyan Hall, who lives with Trahan. “It’s just a misunderstanding.” The July 18 party was the latest in a series of noisy gatherings at Trahan’s home, neighbors said.
Ferguson (the neighbor who initiated the complaint) says this is not the first time things have gotten out of hand in his neighborhood. He also called police last month after being awakened to excessive noise and traffic in front of his home.
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