October 26, 2014

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Hinckley Twp. bar cited for drugs, gambling

Staff and wire reports

State investigators filed more than 200 drug-related administrative charges against liquor permits in Ohio last year, including one in Medina County.

The Ohio Investigative Unit reported its agents filed 267 administrative charges against liquor permits for drug use, possession or sales, and sales or possession of drug paraphernalia in 2013.

The state agency enforces Ohio’s liquor laws and said allowing or even participating in illegal drug activity violates liquor permits.

The Adult Day Care Center at 729 W. 130th St. in Hinckley Township was charged with a number of violations on Nov. 13, said Eric Wolf, agent in charge of the Ohio investigative Unit.

The violations were charged against its permit filed under the name 2643 Forest Drive LLC, Wolf said.

Wolf said the charges included 15 gambling violations, allowing others to operate the business, giving away alcohol and improper conduct for employees possessing drug paraphernalia.

Wolf said administrative charges are presented to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission. That group has the authority to issue fines, suspensions or to revoke liquor permits.

He said the Hinckley case still is pending before the commission.

In addition to enforcing state liquor laws, Ohio Investigative Unit agents also investigate food stamp fraud and tobacco violations.