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Sunday, November 20, 2005

HPD 'hot spot' raid nets nearly 100 arrests

(11/19/05 - KTRK/HOUSTON) - A Houston police task force raid on a cantina in southwest Houston ended in close to a hundred arrests.

The arresting officers were part of Houston's hot spot task force, set up to investigate after-hours clubs. The sting operation started last week when undercover officers went into the same bar on Gessner near Town Park in southwest Houston and ordered what was supposed to be non-alcoholic beer. Lab test proved the beer did, in fact, contain alcohol.

Officers went back to the bar early Saturday morning to arrest the cantina's manager and several patrons. They are facing charges ranging from drug possession to public intoxication.

Mayor Bill White and Police Chief Harold Hurtt set up the task force last year after the death of a Houston firefighter. Kevin Kulow died trying to put out a fire at the El Festival ballroom. The roof collapsed on him. Police arrested three people who were charged with murder.

The task force has a tip line you can call to report any illegal activity at area night spots. That number is 713-308-CLUB.

This is a growing trend across the country: arresting people for drinking in a bar. No kidding


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