Business at the Boardwalk, a gay strip club in Fort Lauderdale, was interrupted last Thursday, June 5, as undercover police officers raided the bar.
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department alleged in its affidavit for the warrant that at least three dancers had illegally sold cocaine to them over a period of time during an undercover operation that commenced in January.
Arrested and charged with secretly selling cocaine to undercover officers on multiple occasions was Yansely Hernandez, 39, a long time dancer at the Boardwalk. He is being detained in the Broward County jail on an immigration hold.
Another person accused of delivery of cocaine to a law enforcement officer was Miguel Pazmino, 25, of Hollywood.
While executing a search warrant signed by Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Levenson detectives detained and searched two waiters, Charles Crusoe, Jr., 36, of Wilton Manors, and Frank Gonzalez, 25, for possession of less than one gram of cocaine. The private dance room manager, Anthony Yannuzzi, was also charged.
Nightclubs in Florida are under the jurisdiction of the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT). Separate from any criminal charges brought against the alleged suspects, licensed hospitality establishments where drugs are bought or sold face administrative charges and sanctions by ABT, if their conduct was deemed negligent. ABT agents present at the raid said the club will be charged for misconduct.
Victor Zepka, Boardwalk’s owner, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer released the following statement: “The Boardwalk does not condone or permit illegal drugs on the premises. Management will terminate any employees so accused, and will cooperate with law enforcement in its investigation.”
Meanwhile, the club is open for business as usual, and management promised to be vigilant in its supervision of dancers.
“We have a fun club, good entertainment, a nice restaurant, and no one needs to do illegal drugs to have a good time,” Zepka said. “We don’t tolerate that.”