MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - The owner of a northwest Miami-Dade County bar is accused of using her business as a nesting ground for illegal drug sales and gambling.
Miami-Dade police and state prosecutors said Friday that Our Place Lounge owner Tracey Gelb was using the full liquor bar "to facilitate an illegal gambling enterprise."
Authorities said a four-month long investigation resulted in the arrests of 15 people. They also seized $13,200 in cash, two guns, 45 grams of cocaine, five grams of marijuana and seven grams of MDMA.
According to the arrest warrant, Gelb had employees controlling the gaming and supplying drugs to patrons.
"We smell, sometimes, the marijuana or we see the little packets that they drop on the floor," Jose Trinidad, who owns a neighboring restaurant, told Local 10's Glenna Milberg.
Property owner Young Choi said he had not renewed her lease because he had concerns after a shooting occurred there.
The victim of that shooting was Victor Grullon. He was 26 when he was shot at Our Place Lounge in November 2011.
Late last year Our Place Lounge made the New Times best bar list as a "cheap lovely hole in the wall."
State agents have closed the bar and seized its liquor license.
Gelb and the others face charges including racketeering, gambling, dealing in stolen property and narcotics distribution.
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