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Illegal bar in Richmond gets shut down by police

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Eric Zimmer Dec 05, 2017 2:35 pm 15,772

It was the real last call for the 20 or so people inside an illegal Richmond bar this past weekend.

Shortly after midnight on Sunday, officers from the Richmond RCMP Anti-Gang Unit identified and shut down the illegal operation, located in the 11700 block of Voyageur Way.

RCMP said the two-level unit was fashioned “similarly to a karaoke lounge” and was estimated at over 2000 sq. ft. in size.

The unit was equipped with projectors, karaoke machines, a gambling area, and “professional-grade lighting” similar to that of a lounge or nightclub.

Photo: Richmond RCMP

A video monitoring area with cameras trained on the front entrance area was also discovered.

“This booze can was far more elaborate than the first one we discovered around a month ago,” said RCMP Cpl. Dennis Hwang.

Photo: Richmond RCMP

Hwang said the discovery of an operation like this has police concerned for a number of reasons – not the least of which is public safety.

Those safety risks, he furthered, include “attracting the criminal element, gambling, potential fire hazards/overcrowding, unlicensed liquor service, and the potential road safety concerns with possible impaired drivers leaving the unit.”

Hwang also noted that over 19 businesses were checked by Richmond’s anti-gang unit this past weekend, including bars, restaurants, and karaoke establishments.

“We are actively focused on continuing these checks and making our community safer,” he added.

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Eric Zimmer
Staff Writer at Daily Hive.

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