An eight-month, multi-agency undercover investigation into a Lafayette strip club culminated Thursday evening with a raid and the arrests of its owner and 12 of his employees on counts ranging from drug distribution to prostitution.
Two other employees were issued summonses for failing to register as exotic dancers.
Mohammed Ali Makki — the owner of Lipstick, in the 6100 block of Johnston Street — was booked on 10 counts of obscenity and a count of keeping a disorderly place, according to a news release from the Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force. He remained in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center Friday afternoon in lieu of $51,000 bail.
Makki also was cited by the Lafayette Fire Department on five parish code violations and one state violation, as the building “appeared to be extremely rundown with mildew on some walls and blocked fire exits,” the news release says.
The Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control also issued four citations for prostitution, 18 for lewd acts on the premise, three for controlled dangerous substances on the premise and one for failure to keep the premises clean and sanitary.
Authorities began investigating the establishment on a tip that a juvenile runaway was employed there and engaging in lewd acts and prostitution through the club and classified ads website backpage.com, the news release says.
The girl, whose hometown was not released by law enforcement, was returned to her family early in the investigation.
Eight women were arrested in the Thursday night raid on counts of obscenity, one of whom was booked on a count of distributing Schedule II narcotics and another on prostitution. Eight of the 15 women arrested were booked on counts of failing to register as exotic dancers, and two more were booked on exotic dancing without a permit. Another woman was booked on a count of selling alcohol to persons under the age of 21.
The 12 employees arrested and the two issued summonses, and the counts against them, are:
Elizabeth Alford, exotic dancing without a permit (summons)
Ashley Breaux, obscenity; failure to register as an exotic dancer
Jasmine Bruno, obscenity; failure to register as an exotic dancer
Justice Diggs, failure to register as an exotic dancer
Jane Doe, obscenity; failure to register as an exotic dancer
Cissy Rea Dugas, two counts of unlawful sale of alcohol to persons under 21
Christian Harris, exotic dancing without a permit (summons)
Rayneisha Lewis, obscenity; failure to register as an exotic dancer
Evelynn Lautzenhiser, failure to register as an exotic dancer
Jessica Lynn Mackles, two counts of obscenity; distribution of Schedule II narcotics
Kristin Marie Mitchell, two counts of obscenity
Robin Ann Morgan, obscenity; prostitution
Marissa Scadlock, obscenity; failure to register as an exotic dancer
Ashley Thanars, failure to register as an exotic dancer.
The five other women wanted in the case are:
Angel Marie Duhon, two counts of prostitution; three counts of obscenity
Crystal D. Duhon, prostitution; two counts of obscenity
Iry Ashante Duhon, distribution of Schedule I narcotics; conspiracy to distribute Schedule I narcotics; prostitution; two counts of obscenity
Jzapal Vonkrishna Jackson, obscenity
Jerlendra Michelle Teno, obscenity.
Law enforcement did not release the ages and addresses of those accused.