The NYPD closed the business on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens.
Mariela Lombard / News
Officers of the New York Police Department (NYPD) They arrested a Hispanic, owner of a speakeasy in Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, this Saturday, where there were at least 75 people gathered.
Sheriff Joseph Fucito indicated that the intervention last Saturday was carried out at 65-25 of the busy avenue.
The space was camouflaged with a “heavily fortified” gate and several blocked exits.
Firefighters had to force their way into the nightclub. When investigators tried to inspect the bar, the owner – identified as Marco Chacón – refused to cooperate and tried to restrict the officers’ work.
01/24/21 @ 0030 HRS: Deputy Sheriffs, @ NYPD108Pct, @FDNY shut down illegal club @ 65-25 Roosevelt Ave, Queens 75+ people, violation of emergency orders, no liquor license, warehousing liquor, obstructed egress, health code violations, dangerous levels of CO2, resisting arrest. pic.twitter.com/K2OWZeBSLZ
– NYC SHERIFF (@NYCSHERIFF) January 24, 2021
Authorities discovered that Chacón did not have a valid license from the state to sell liquor.
Additionally, National Grid reported high levels of carbon monoxide in space that could have resulted in injury to people or fatalities.
Multiple charges and a $ 15,000 fine
The owner faces charges of obstruction of government administration, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and organizing a non-essential mass gathering in times of coronavirus. Police anticipated that additional charges could be brought against the man for supplying drinks at the scene.
The Hispanic also faces a fine of $ 15,000.
It is unclear whether charges were brought against clients at the scene or associates of the defendant.