An underground nightlife scene has developed in Trenton during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Trenton Police Department announced late last week it arrested six people for operating an illegal nightclub.
Two of the suspects are men from Lower Bucks County in Pennsylvania. Levittown resident Richardo Wedderburn, 46 and Mechann Pennoh, 45, of Morrisville each face a charge of selling alcohol without a license.
Authorities say they received tips about the club staying open every Saturday night well past 3 a.m.
Officers raided what appeared to be a non-descript commercial building on South Broad Street earlier this month. They found nearly 60 patrons inside and none were wearing masks.
The club-goers occupied the entire first floor of the building. It had a dance floor, bar, and kitchen setup.
Adding insult to injury, the building also had many code violations putting its occupants at risk. These included fire alarm, electrical, and sprinkler issues.
“Illegal nightclubs like this one disadvantage our many legitimate businesses that are trying to make an honest living while keeping their patrons safe from COVID-19,” said Director Coley. “With Trenton cases spiking rapidly at this moment, the Trenton Police Department will not hesitate to break up any establishment that recklessly puts profit over safety.”
In their raid, police confiscated $3,276 in cash and “numerous” bottles of alcohol. None of the patrons were arrested.
The security guard at the illegal club was arrested. Trenton resident Steve Dasman Jr., 22, is currently facing a charge of working security without a license.
Three other alleged club operators from New Jersey include:
- Nyvonne Fahnbulleh, 38, of West Windsor,
- Lisha Phillips, 51, of Hamilton,
- Keyonna Chambliss, 37, of Trenton.