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Alleged drug sales, shooting prompts ATC to suspend Metairie bar's liquor license

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) -

Alcohol and tobacco permits have been suspended at a Jefferson Parish bar after a shooting in February and allegations of drug sales at the location.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner issued an emergency permit suspension for Peedy's Place LLC, conducting business at Mojo's on Cleary. The bar is located in the 2900 block of Cleary Avenue in Metairie.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office told ATC officials that heroin, marijuana and alprazolam were sold at or near the business on eight occasions between January 6, 2015 and February 4, 2015. Deputies also say that the owner, Melissa Desilva, sold heroin form the location.

Desilva was arrested by deputies on eight counts of possession and possession with intent to distribute drugs and three counts of possession of a firearm in connection with the possession of controlled dangerous substances.

The business also received violations from ATC for not reporting a manager, allowing employees to serve alcohol and tobacco products without a valid Responsible Vendor permit, and not maintaining complete employee records on the premise.

The business was ordered to stop selling alcoholic beverages and tobacco products immediately. An administrative hearing will be held on the violations.

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