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Stripper bar ordered shut for 22 days

Mar 15 2012
Monty's Exotic Showroom Pub, in the Victoria Plaza Hotel at 603 Pandora St., was the focus of an undercover police operation dubbed "Fowl Play," said deputy police chief John Ducker on the Victoria police blog. 

Monty's Exotic Showroom Pub, in the Victoria Plaza Hotel at 603 Pandora St., was the focus of an undercover police operation dubbed "Fowl Play," said deputy police chief John Ducker on the Victoria police blog.

Photograph by: Arnold Lim , timescolonist.com (July 2011)

A Victoria stripper bar has been ordered closed for 22 days and staff face criminal charges for selling cocaine and other offences following a nine-month investigation involving police officers from Victoria and the Lower Mainland.

Monty's Exotic Showroom Pub, in the Victoria Plaza Hotel at 603 Pandora St., was the focus of an undercover police operation dubbed "Fowl Play," said deputy police chief John Ducker on the Victoria police blog.

Suspension of the bar's licence is the longest in recent memory, Ducker said.

GMC Projects Inc. of Vancouver, which is taking over the Victoria Plaza Hotel building with plans to renovate it, said Monty's will close permanently this summer.

"At the end of the day, what will happen on that property will result in a complete transformation of what's currently there," company president Jordan Milne said Wednesday.

"We don't envision a use that is the same nature of what's currently there. Realistically, yes, Monty's will be closing."

Undercover police officers acting as patrons witnessed a staff member selling cocaine to customers and witnessed staff committing various Liquor Act violations.

The bar has a history of liquor violations dating back to 2001, Ducker said.

Employees are accused of drinking liquor while on duty and serving patrons. Patrons were also allegedly allowed to take liquor from the bar and drink it on the street.

Exotic dancers performed outside of the stage area and touched patrons inappropriately, sometimes undressing them and simulating acts of violence, police said.

An employee alleged to have consumed liquor while working was fined $3,000 while another employee alleged to have allowed patrons to remove liquor from the bar was fined $1,000.

Monty's has had its licence to operate suspended for seven days for permitting prohibited acts by exotic dancers and an additional 15 days for permitting the sale of cocaine and other illegal activities.

A staff member charged with cocaine trafficking has been released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.

Monty's closed last Friday and is expected to reopen at the end of the month, said an employee who answered the phone and declined to give his name.

smcculloch@timescolonist.com

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