Drug, prostitution ring busted at Miami-Dade cafe

Aroma Cafe raided Thursday night, several in custody

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – Police have raided a restaurant in Southwest Miami-Dade, which they say has been involved in a drug and prostitution ring.

The raid happened Thursday night at the Aroma Café located on Miller Drive and 107th Ave. Several people were taken into custody.

Miami-Dade Police and State Alcohol, Tobacco and Beverage investigators say a drug and prostitution ring was running out of the Café.

READ: Arrest affidavit

The owner of Aroma Cafe, along with his manager and several women, were taken into custody.

Authorities say undercover cops have purchased cocaine and other illegal drugs at the business, which is located right across the street from a pre-school and daycare.

"There were several what they call sales, in other words the undercovers bought drugs from these people and there are several other charges," said Miami-Dade Police Commissioner, Javier Souto.

Souto say cops have been watching this place for sometime, and they did find drugs in the place when they raided it Thursday night.

He says the Aroma Cafe has been stinking up this otherwise nice neighborhood for sometime. Cops started sniffing around after getting several complaints from neighbors and tips from informants.

"Well, I think it's a victory," Souto said. "It's a night to celebrate in Miami-Dade County when our police, gets, after many years of hard work, a place like this."