Mojo’s bar on Cleary Avenue has had its alcohol and tobacco license suspended by the state after officials said evidence showed the Metairie bar’s owner was selling heroin, marijuana and other drugs from the establishment.
The bar, which sits in a strip mall just north of Interstate 10 and bills itself as the “Home of 10 Shots for $1,” was the scene of a Feb. 18 shooting that left one man dead and another injured.
The state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control announced the suspension Tuesday, saying the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office produced evidence that heroin, marijuana and alprazolam — commonly known by the brand name Xanax — were sold on the premises between Jan. 6 and Feb. 4.
The bar’s owner — a 34-year-old Kenner woman named Melissa Desilva who shot her husband dead in a domestic dispute last year — was arrested by the JPSO on Feb. 9 on eight counts of possession and possession with intent to distribute Schedule I, II, III and IV drugs and three counts of possession of a firearm in connection with the possession of controlled dangerous substances. Court records show those substances also included buprenorphine, lorazapam, alprazolam and amphetamines. She posted bond and was released Feb. 13.
Authorities said at the time that the February shooting followed a brawl that started in the bar and moved out into a parking lot. Darren Dedeaux, 22, later died of gunshot wounds to the chest and neck, while an unnamed 22-year-old man was treated for a gunshot wound to the hand.
State ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert said Mojo’s also was cited for allowing employees to serve alcohol and tobacco products without a valid permit, not reporting a manager and not maintaining complete employee records on the premises. An administrative hearing will be held on the violations.
Desilva was found by Kenner police in the hallway of her Kentucky Avenue home in July, standing over the body of her estranged husband, who later died of a gunshot wound. Authorities said she told them she shot Lyndell Desilva after years of abuse.
The case is still being reviewed by the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office, according to Kenner Police Department spokesman Lt. Brian McGregor.
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