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TRENTON, NJ- Complaints about underage prostitution and late-night partying led police to a home in Trenton’s South Ward this past weekend, and officers found a makeshift nightclub with cocaine and alcohol for sale – and over 30 people in attendance.
Officers ejected 32 people from the home in the 100 block of Elm Street and arrested two on cocaine charges this past Saturday, Feb. 27, authorities said. Most of the partiers were young adults and teens, and one was a 16-year-old girl, officials said. Police took her to headquarters, where her father picked her up.
The police did not find any evidence of prostitution but did find the home has been converted for partying, with loud music coming from speakers, and a disco ball and flashing lights, police said.
Luis Santos-Bautista, 28, is charged with multiple counts of cocaine distribution, including in school and park zones, endangering the welfare of a child and maintaining a nuisance, authorities said. Police allege they found him with 152 ziplock baggies containing 200 grams of cocaine, a digital scale, cutting agents, and $4,342 in suspected drug proceeds.
Kenry Oliver Quintana-Martinez, 34, is charged with cocaine possession; cops say they found him with a single baggie of cocaine.
“We are working hard to put illegal bars out of business, especially when they endanger our children with alcohol and narcotics,” said Police Director Sheilah Coley said in a statement. “My thanks to the residents who reported this activity and the officers who shut the party down.”
The investigation and arrests were the work of the department’s Violent Crimes Rapid Response Unit.