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Strip club shut down after food stamps reportedly used to buy lap dances, drugs

DAYTON, Ohio – An Ohio adult entertainment bar was reportedly shut down after agents with the Ohio Liquor Control Commission discovered the bar accepted food stamps for drugs and lap dances.

The Dayton Daily News reported that the agents who were sent in to Sharkey's bar were allowed by bar staff to use more than $2,400 in food stamps to pay for heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, cocaine, methamphetamines and lap dances.

According to the Dayton Daily News, charges were filed against the owners of the bar and its patrons. The charges include drug trafficking, food stamp trafficking, aggravated shipment and distribution of heroin, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and illegal sexual activity, the newspaper reported.

In addition to criminal charges, the newspaper reported 44 administrative charges.

It's unclear how many people are charged in connection with the food stamp scheme.