Dance club

MPs say raid uncovers unlicensed dance club, underage drinking

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — Richmond County deputies raided a restaurant they suspected of serving alcohol to minors and operating as an unlicensed dance club.

The raid took place around 12:20 a.m. Friday at the Southbound Smokehouse at 1855 Central Ave., according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

During the undercover operation, investigators observed tables being moved to open a dance floor with a DJ playing music.

“The interior of the restaurant was extremely crowded with people standing or dancing, the lights were dim, and a disco ball was observed illuminating the dance floor,” the agency said in a press release.

Investigators did not see anyone inside sitting or eating.

Investigators informed the duty manager that he was operating an unlicensed nightclub and at that point people were told to leave.

Investigators observed numerous minors inside the restaurant and asked customers to show their identification when leaving, according to deputies.

Investigators have identified 10 underage consumers of commercial alcohol and one with a fake identity card, according to deputies.

Several other minors were identified but they did not drink alcohol and they were released without any citation.

“Several said they were granted entry by the director, Sloan Baughman,” the agency said in the press release.

Baughman was cited for not having a dance hall license and supplying alcohol to people under the age of 21.

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