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Sheriff: Men set up illegal nightclub in mobile home

The men set up a bar, gambling room and space for exotic dancers just north of Town Creek, authorities said.

Posted: Jul. 9, 2018 5:28 PM
Updated: Jul. 9, 2018 7:24 PM

Lawrence County authorities said two men set up their own illegal nightclub in a mobile home with alcohol and exotic dancers.

Benjamin Howlet Jr., 26, and Eric Leon Sanders, 33, both of Town Creek, are charged with illegal possession of prohibited liquor for resale and attempting to elude. Howlet also was charged with second-degree marijuana possession, and Sanders was charged with third-degree escape.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office said the two men converted a mobile home north of Town Creek into an illegal nightclub they called the YKN Lounge, where they sold alcohol and had exotic dancers. 

The sheriff's office began investigating after getting complaints and said they got a warrant to search the building.

Authorities said they found a large amount of beer and liquor in the home, two guns, an entertainment system and two gas-powered generators. The mobile home had been set up with an open space for a bar area, authorities said, and a rear bedroom was converted into a gambling room.

Authorities said Howlet and Sanders ran when deputies showed up at the mobile home, but they were arrested after a short foot chase. Sanders tried to escape from deputies again after being handcuffed, according to authorities.

Both Howlet and Sanders are free after posting bond.

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