Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Comptroller’s office raids Forestville nightclub

Cash, alcohol seized; charges filed

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Nearly $10,000 in cash and $4,000 in alcohol were seized Jan. 26 at a Forestville nightclub during a search by agents of the Comptroller’s Office, according to a news release from the office of Comptroller Peter Franchot.

The agents were executing a warrant as part of a month-long investigation with Prince George’s County police into Cash Flow Entertainment Inc., Club on suspicion the club was serving alcohol without a license, according to the release.

The club’s owner, 47-year-old Kevin James Darby of Forestville, faces charges for possession and sale of alcohol without a license, and for doing business without a trader’s license.

Agents of the field enforcement division seized $9,816 in cash, 154 bottles of distilled spirits, 199 containers of beer and 22 bottles of wine while serving the warrant at the club, at 7758 Marlboro Pike, according to the release.

The club’s business records also were seized.

The alcohol-related charges against Darby are misdemeanors punishable by a $1,000 fine, two years of imprisonment or both. The penalty for operating without a trader’s license is a $300 fine, imprisonment for no more than 30 days or both.

Darby’s arrest brings the total number of arrests for alcohol violations in Maryland to 45 for fiscal 2008. The total value of seized alcoholic beverages is up to $65,384, the release said.

E-mail Andy Zieminski at azieminski@gazette.net.