Lafayette Metro Narcotics agents arrested Jeanerette Police Chief Marvin Grogan late Friday as part of an investigation into Lipstick Gentlemen’s Club, but no details are available as to why he was taken into custody.
Agents booked Grogan into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on one count of malfeasance in office and three counts of compounding a felony, Metro Narcotics Capt. Dwayne Prejean said in a news release. Grogan was released from jail after posting a $12,500 bond.
Prejean did not release any details about the allegations against Grogan.
“The city attorney and I have met with Chief Grogan and informed him that he has been placed on paid administrative leave, effectively immediately, pending further investigation into the charges levied against him,” said Jeanerette Mayor Aprill Foulcard in a Saturday release. “Gloria Lombard will assume the role of interim Chief of Police for our city.
“To say the city is shocked to learn of these charges is an understatement, but I want our citizens to know we will cooperate in any manner necessary with the investigation,” Foulcard said.
Grogan’s arrest is the 14th stemming from the eight-month investigation into the club by Metro Narcotics agents after they received a tip from an informant that an underage runaway was working at the club and may have been involved in prostitution through the club and online ads on Backpage.com.
During the investigation, agents allegedly saw employees and patrons involved in lewd acts, narcotics being used and alcohol being sold to minors, the news release said.
The runaway was found to have been working as a dancer in the club and was returned to her family, the news release said.
Agents with the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control in a May 14 raid issued citations for 18 counts of lewd acts on the premises, four counts of prostitution on the premises, three counts of controlled substances on the premises and one count of failure to keep the premises clean and sanitary, the news release said.
Among those arrested were the Johnston Street club’s owner, Mohammed Ali Makki, on 10 counts of obscenity and one count of keeping a disorderly place. The Lafayette Fire Department also issued the owner five parish fire code violations and one state fire code violation, the news release said.
“The structure of the lounge appeared to be extremely rundown with mildew on some walls and blocked fire exits,” the news release said.