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From Staff Reports
A nightclub in McLain was shut down over the weekend before a scheduled grand opening party could ever get going.
A team of law enforcement officers led by the Alcoholic Beverage Control officer Joey Miles reportedly served a search warrant at 132 Jackson Street in McLain just after 10 p.m. Saturday.
Local deputies, highway patrolmen, and officers with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the local drug task force were involved in the raid. According to reports, several citations were issued for misdemeanor drug and alcohol possession (liquor in a dry county). Police say they also recovered stolen weapons and found bags of marijuana that had been discarded when police arrived.
Dedrick Pierce, 44, of Mobile, Ala. was arrested on a felony drug charge after police allegedly found him in possession of 24 doses of the drug commonly referred to as ecstasy.
Miles said no one had been charged as of Tuesday in connection to sponsoring the event or for running an illegal business.
“This business was 100 percent illegal,” Miles said Tuesday when asked about the raid. “There was no license to operate.”
According to local authorities, the search warrant was obtained after police received several tips from area residents about the location and were alerted to multiple social media posts advertising the opening of “The G-Spot” at the Jackson Street location. One such post advertised live entertainment by at least two rap artists and that “ladies get in free till 12 a.m.”. The post also promised “all you can drink and a stripper pole will be in full effect”.
Attempts by the Herald to get comments from individuals who had shared social media posts about the event planned for Saturday were not successful.
According to law enforcement, a nightclub known as The Jungle Palace had operated at the location previously.