Cops shut down illegal bar

An illegal booze can in Richmond was raided and shut down by police on Sunday.

The 2,000 square foot, two-level unit located in the 11700 block of Voyageur Way was being operated as a karaoke lounge. It had 20 patrons between the ages of 19 to 25 when police raided it.

Inside, officers found liquor, projectors, karaoke machines, a gambling area and professional-grade lighting similar to that of a nightclub or lounge.

“Safety risks included 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,” said Cpl. Dennis Hwang.

This was the second time police attended the property and said this time it was far more elaborate than the first time.

A video camera focused on the front entrance area was discovered by police.

“Richmond RCMP Anti-Gang officers conducted a number of premises checks this weekend. Over 19 businesses were checked including bars, restaurants, and karaoke establishments,” Hwang said.

RCMP are working closely with the City of Richmond and their Bylaws Unit on the issue.

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